Relaxation is the Key to Healthy Life

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Relaxation Day is August 15. While studies show eating a healthy diet and exercise may reduce stress levels, relaxation is also needed to recharge us mentally and emotionally.

When stress becomes overwhelming there are quick relaxation techniques you can do almost anywhere to make you feel better almost immediately. Try it out:

  • Stretch out on your back or sit comfortably where you are. Tighten all the muscles in your toes, then flex your feet. Slowly move up through your body tightening and flexing as you go until you reach your face and neck, holding each stretch for ten seconds.
  • Deep breathing is another relaxation technique that can slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and clear your mind. Begin by lying on your back or get into a comfortable position. Inhale slowly through your nose filling the lungs completely over a period of eight to ten seconds. Hold it, and then slowly release your breath through pursed lips, taking two to three times as long to exhale as to inhale.
  • Guided imagery can be done alone or combined with breathing relaxation techniques. Again, lie on your back or get comfortable with your eyes closed. Imagine a peaceful setting at your favorite vacation destination. Put yourself there, feel the warmth of the sun on your cheeks, the breeze blowing through your hair.
  • Indulging in relaxing spa treatments is also another option, which works well with other techniques, like biofeedback and listening to relaxation tapes.

Whatever works for you, do more of it. Your body will thank you for it.

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