How to Relax Your Body
|All you need to know
to begin undoing what stress has been doing to you is how to systematically relax all the
muscles in your body. Here is how you do it.
Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for about 15 minutes. Dim the lights. Locate a comfortable chair in which you can sit straight up with your feet on the floor. Sit comfortably in the chair. Pay close attention to how you feel as you begin. Notice any stiffness or tightness. Are there any aches or pains? Do you feel tense, frustrated, or keyed up? Pay attention to how you feel now because you are going to become more relaxed, and you need a point of comparison.
First, we will review what to do and then we will experience the relaxation exercise. The systematic muscle relaxation procedure goes as follows.
|Now that we have
reviewed the procedure, we will practice this exercise. We will relax the muscles as we
just described. By the time we are through, your body will be more relaxed. At this time
your heart rate will have slowed, your blood pressure will have come down, and your
breathing will have become regular and deep. The other changes mentioned will soon follow.
But, first. What is your mind doing?