For the majority of people, especially those living in western cultures, our lives have become a juggling act between work and family. We have adopted or possibly adapted to, a lifestyle that is fast and furious. We are born into a culture where speed is everything and everything else is not worth at look at, fast food, fast cars, high speed broadband, getting to work, hoping the day goes fast etc. We are consumed by that momentary quick fix before moving on to something else that occupies our mind but needs to be done. Incorporating relaxation techniques into our daily routines will help you think more clearly, become more positive, maintain focus and enjoy a more fulfilled life.
The following techniques can be used separately or in conjunction with each other.
• Find some quiet time
Rather than switching on the television as soon as you get home from work, try to spend some time in a quiet environment; your mind will still be busy from thoughts of the day’s events but this is the ideal time to sit quietly, breathe deeply and disengage stress and turmoil encountered during the day.
• Listen to music
Listening to music is excellent relaxation therapy. It can transport you away and fill your mind with positive images and thoughts of other times in your life. Different types of music specifically designed for relaxation can alter our brainwaves and putting us into a more relaxed state. When we awake and alert our brains are in delta state (15-30 waves per second), listening to relaxing music can change our brainwaves to delta or theta waves (1-8 waves per second), a more relaxed state.
Listen to the video for a simple guided relaxation session.
• Commit to regular practice
Regular practice of relaxation techniques will help eradicate the stresses and strains of day to day activities. Learning and understanding just the basics of relaxation and meditation techniques, yoga, tai chi and practicing for just a few minutes per day will have a positive effect on your lifestyle.
• Create a relaxing environment
Low level lighting, candles and aromatherapy oils automatically create a sense of relaxation.
There is an abundance of mediation techniques, try different techniques and find one that you are comfortable with. These can be quite simple, incorporating breathing techniques and mantras but again commitment is the key and simply practising for just a few minutes per day can have a positive impact on your life.
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