Relaxation

Freedom from negativity doesn't have to be complicated

Gaining strength and feeling in control doesn't mean we need to do more, we can be pro-active by slowing down and relaxing.

 

We can take the time to calmly review all of our choices.

Let's look at the concept of Herbert Bensons Relaxation Response.

Herbert Benson a Harvard Medical School cardiologist wrote a book in 1975 termed the 'Relaxation Response' and it demonstrates the benefits of self-induced relaxation and the need for holistic care.

 This intervention process was promoted via the concept of a three-legged stool. 

1. The first leg is pharmaceuticals 

2. The second leg relates to the need for surgery and other procedures 

3. The third leg promotes the need and benefits of self-care.

 

When we elicit a form of relaxation, the body and mind become calmer enabling us to make more precise decisions around the different aspects of our lives including our choices around healthcare.

 

Take time to identify what area of your healthcare is being neglected. 

Concerning self-care, we have the relaxation response, nutrition, exercise, beliefs of the patient, socialisation, and cognitive restructuring.

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Time Out 

Relaxation can be achieved by ensuring that we take time out from the demands of the day to unwind. We may choose to listen to music, read, or participate in a hobby, participate in gentle exercise or meditate. We often innately know what we need to do to relax we simply need to make time to do it.

Coping with stress

There is a range of relaxation techniques can help us cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems.

Learning and incorporating relaxation techniques into our everyday life is an effective antidote to stress. 

Muscular 

Relaxation increases blood flow to the muscles decreasing muscle tension.

The Heart

Relaxation slows down adrenaline levels. It slows down the heart rate, giving the heart a rest. Relaxation also reduces blood pressure and regulates the metabolic rate.

The Immune System

Deep slow measured relaxed breathing reduces the level of oxygen that we need, enabling the immune system to function more efficiently.

Deep breathing relaxation techniques and rhythmic exercise activate the bodies relaxation response. 

Some of the benefits include

  • More energy 
  • a better nights sleep
  • enhanced immunity
  • smoother emotions
    • and time for contemplation.
 

 

 

 

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