Relaxation

Health and Wellness

Relaxation Techniques

At the best of times, even the most calm and organized person has to deal with a bit of stress. It's natural. But letting it get the best of you can be detrimental to your health when not taken care of. Using relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life, especially if you have an illness.

Relaxation techniques are a great way to help with stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems, such as cancer and pain. Relaxation techniques also are often free or low cost, pose little risk and can be done just about anywhere.

The Benefits of Relaxation Techniques

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When faced with numerous responsibilities and tasks or the demands of an illness, relaxation techniques may take a back seat in your life. But that means you might miss out on the health benefits of relaxation. Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

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To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.

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