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We all understand that too much stress in our lives can have harmful effects on our mental and physical health. Relaxation techniques can be extremely helpful to people who tend to react to situations in a “hot-headed” manner, people who are easily stressed and people who startle easily.

People with stress-related illnesses can also benefit greatly from using relaxation techniques to help them through stressful times. Even something as simple as taking a few deep breaths can aid in a better night’s sleep!

Fitness Tips Healthy Harry Says: 

Below are some guidelines to help with the practice of relaxation that will steer you in the right direction for a stress-free life!

  • Set aside a time and place that suits you to “chill out” and practice this regularly. Often, we wait until we are reaching our breaking point to try to relax and implement calming techniques. Instead of letting yourself get to this point, have a “chill out” session regularly to feel energised and ready to cope with whatever stresses that may come your way.
  • Make yourself comfortable. Wear loose clothing and make sure that you feel comfortable, whether that involves sitting in a comfortable chair that supports your back or lying down on a soft, fluffy carpet.
  • If you find your mind begins to wander when practicing relaxation, try to refocus. Bring the focus back to your breathing and try to get back to the technique at hand.
  • Often, the most simple relaxation techniques are the best. Here is one to try that only takes 10 minutes out of your day:

Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and being to focus and become aware of your breathing. Place your hands where you can feel the rise and fall of your breath. If this is your upper chest, you may be stressed and are not breathing deeply. Place your hand on your abdomen and, without force, let your abdomen rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale. Gradually, allow your breathing to become deeper and take longer, slower breaths. Become aware of each part of your body. Start at your toes, moving up to your feet, knees and so on. Pay special attention to the parts of the body that we hold a lot of tension such as the neck, shoulders and facial muscles. As you focus on your breathing and letting go of tension, you will feel a deep sense of relaxation! Enjoy this 10 minutes and possibly make it an important part of your daily routine!

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