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 lifes 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 dont 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