Sure, you’ve probably heard of relaxation exercises, and you may even do them, but there are ways to get even more benefits out of the activities. Specific relaxation exercises can be amazing at reducing anxiety and loosening tight muscles.
How to Make the Most of Relaxation Exercises
Plan Ahead and Be Consistent
Plan a certain time of day when you will do your relaxation poses. Choose a time when you do not feel pressured to do another task so that you can fully concentrate on the present moment. By being consistent with the same time of day for the tasks, you can make sure you stick to the schedule. The movements will become part of your life and won’t seem like a burden once you have a routine.
Avoid shallow breaths and instead use deep breathing. Breath slowly and do so calmly. When you breathe in, through your nose, tense your muscles. When you breathe out, through your mouth, relax those muscles.
Also, when you breathe out, you may wish to say some words to yourself. Examples are the words “relax” and “peace.” The words may help you achieve a harmonious state more fully and quickly.
As you breathe, remember to relax your shoulders and upper chest muscles. The purpose is to make sure you use your diaphragm or lower chest muscle to breathe. The slow, deep breaths should become a steady rhythm. If instead you use your upper chest muscles, you will note that your breath is shallower than when you use your diaphragm.
Be True to YOU
Relatively easy relaxation techniques can be done within five minutes and often do not require any special fitness equipment. If you find a certain movement does not work well for you, try a different one instead, with the overall aim to find the best fit for your body and mind to improve your quality of life.
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