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Benefits of Relaxation Techniques

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Updated: September 28, 2006

Caregivers Need to Relax

How is Relaxation Different to Taking it Easy?
Muscle tension, as well as contributing to a variety of medical problems, keeps our bodies in a high state of arousal. When your body is tense it affects your ability to relax. By following a relaxation technique you formalise and recognise relaxation as a tool that will help you de-stress and help you cope with life’s frustrations and difficulties.

Get Motivated for Relaxation
You have to want relax and recognise that learning a simple relaxation technique will help you. You need to be motivated. Then you just learn the technique and practice it. Each time you do a relaxation session you will find that your stress levels begin to fall and your concentration and state of relaxation increases; you take control of your levels of tension and stress.

A Skill You Can Learn?
Any skill, such as driving a car or riding a horse, requires a bit of commitment. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Giving yourself permission to relax may sound a little strange, but this is the first step you must take.

How Often Should You Formally Relax?
You must decide that. It will help if you can practice daily at first so that you can learn the relaxation technique. It does not take long, but you need to dedicate a period of time, at least half an hour.

Getting Ready To Relax

  • It is essential that you have a quiet, warm and comfortable place that allows you privacy and peace. No T.V, music (although very soft relaxing music is acceptable) or interruptions.

  • Don't leave it until too late in the day as you may find you fall asleep rather than relax.

  • Choose a bed or a comfortable chair that supports your neck, head and back.

  • Wear comfortable clothes.

  • Now is a good time to choose where, when and how to prepare for relaxation. When you are ready, click here to learn relaxation technique.

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