How to Destress

Relaxation Techniques for Relieving Stress


You can learn to use relaxation techniques to your advantage when you move away periodically from the fast lane of work and feverish activity in your life. Some are designed to help primarily in rejuvenating your body, whereas with some it is mainly your mind that gets refreshed.
 
The Many Benefits of Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques offer to you the benefit of diversion of mind and body from the effects on them of the daily grind of work and activity. They help you to rejuvenate every cell and muscle in your body. A relaxed mind definitely translates into better efficiency. This is because relaxation techniques help your muscles to stay relaxed.

They can help you to slow and deepen your breathing, give you more life-giving oxygen, and directly regulate your heart rate, reduce the stress on it, and lower blood pressure. When you practice relaxation techniques, headaches and pains in the back stay away from you and you have better balance and control over your emotions.

You have more energy to put to use when you are relaxed. You can concentrate better at work when you are refreshed. When you stay relaxed you also realize how problems do not appear to weigh as heavily on your mind as when you are stressed.

Types of Relaxation Techniques
Three main types of relaxation techniques are used in practice. They include autogenic, visualization, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Autogenic relaxation uses your own insight of body awareness to good effect to induce you to relax. In it your imagination plays a major role. You may think of ideas, words, or auto suggestions to arouse peaceful feelings in you. The effect on your mind and body of this is dramatic. The mind temporarily loses its state of tension and the muscles stress.

Visualization is a relaxation technique in which visual images forms the central plank. Your mind concentrates on visual images such as of beach resorts to relax itself and the body. The physical sensations the visual images arouse in your mind help divert your attention from the tensions in your life and bring down stress levels.

Progressive muscle relaxation uses alternate contractions and relaxations of various muscle groups in achieving the objective. It is a technique that helps tone your muscles gradually. You start off at one muscle group and work your way slowly to others. It helps redistribute the muscle tension over a wider area of the body and thus contributes to reduce it overall.

Massage, Tai Chi, Yoga, exercise, hypnosis, and transcendental meditation are some other mind and body relaxation techniques. Even the diversion that a hobby brings is enough to relax your mind and body.

A relaxation technique requires skills and practice. It is after some practice that you become better aware of what exactly your mind and body needs to relax. However, overdoing the relaxation bit can make you lazy so it is important that you keep the right balance between work and it.