Relaxation Techniques for YOU!

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Holiday, STRESS
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It’s that time of the year , where the  stress of the holidays can really take a toll.  Although it’s a time to enjoy and create legacies with your family, it’s also time to run errands and make sure all is in order.  If you are one that waits for the last minute to shop or just gets stressed out with all the gatherings and festivities around, I know this will benefit you!

  Or if Life is just a bit out of control lately definitely this is for you!  I found this technique and wanted to share! Take it as an early Holiday gift!

 

Long-Term Relaxation

  • Get in a comfortable position. Minimally tighten your right fist so that you feel only the smallest amount of tension. Hold it at this level. Be sure you continue to breathe… Now let go and relax… Observe the difference in feelings between the right and left arm and fist.

  • Now minimally tighten your left fist. Hold at this level so that you just feel the tightening… Let go and relax. Let the relaxation spread through the arms and the rest of the body.

  • Now tighten ever so slightly the following parts of your body.

    (Each time tighten only to the point at which you can observe tension, where you can observe tension, where you become conscious of or can “feel” the tension. Hold the tensions at that level, and be sure you tighten only the intended muscle while the rest of the body stays quiet and relaxed. Be sure you continue to breathe. Each time you let go, let those parts relax further and further.) Tighten ever so slightly your scalp… let go and relax… Let the face become smooth and soft… Let the eyes sink into their sockets… Now slightly tighten the throat and neck. Hold it… Let go and relax.

  • While continuing to breathe, minimally tighten the triceps. Be sure the neck, eyes and tongue are relaxed… Let go.

  • Raise your shoulders to your ears minimally. Be sure the neck stays loose. Observe how the shoulders feel different from the rest of the body… Let go and relax. Feel the relaxation sinking through the body… Minimally tighten the stomach. Keep breathing… Let go and relax. Minimally tighten the buttocks… Let go and relax. Minimally tighten the feet, calves, and thighs… Let go and relax. Let yourself reach an even deeper level of relaxation, a calmness and serenity.

  • Now minimally tense every muscle in your body so that you just feel the minimum tension… jaws… eyes… shoulders… arms… chest… back… legs… stomach… Be sure you keep breathing. Feel the minimum tension in every part… Let your whole body relax. Feel a wave of calmness as you stop tensing.

  • Now, with your eyes closed, take a deep breath and hold it. Note all the minimum tensions… Exhale and feel the relaxation and calmness developing… Note the feeling of heaviness.

Source: http://wso.williams.edu

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