Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rapid Relaxation Tips

Today I want to share two easy and rapid relaxation tips that work great.




If you're given to tightening up during the day because of stress, lack of sleep, a jerk for a boss, or any of the zillion other reasons most of us rarely relax, then try putting these tips to work.

I learned them, by the way, from a retired college psychology professor. Whoa!

Here's the first tip:

Controlled Breathing


The first rapid relaxation routine involves breathing in and out (9) nine times in three series of three breaths.

In the first series of three breaths, inhale  deeply and, as you exhale slowly, 
say quietly or think to yourself, "Calm body." Repeat three times.

In the second series of three breaths, inhale deeply and, as you exhale, 
say quietly or think to yourself, "Calm mind."

In the final series of three breaths, inhale deeply and, as you exhale, say (and do)
"Smile."

And here's the second one:

Five-Finger Exercise

For this rapid relaxation technique, close  your eyes, take several deep breaths, and
relax.

Now touch your thumb to your index finger.

As you do so, think of a time when you felt an exhilarated, healthy physical or 
mental fatigue, like after jogging or skiing or successfully completing an important project.


   Next, touch your thumb to your middle finger.

   As you touch your thumb to your middle finger, think of a time when you had a loving
   experience.

Now, touch your thumb to your ring finger; as you do so, think about one of your successes in life or a time when you valued praise that you valued.


   Finally, touch your thumb to your little finger. As you do, go back to the most
   beautiful and relaxing place that you have ever been.


Allow yourself to stay in that  place for awhile.

For more relaxations, please continue 

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