Relaxation Techniques for Stress

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Information on Relaxation Techniques for Stress

Stress-induced illnesses now cause more deaths and diseases than do infections in the industrialized world.  During the last twenty to thirty years a vast amount of research has been undertaken looking at the relationship between the management of stress, an umbrella term that includes anxiety, tension, frustration, pressure, exhaustion, strain, panic, upset, nervousness, unhappiness, pent-up anger and powerlessness.


The physical effects of stress involve us in an unconscious response by our autonomic nervous system - the so-called 'fight or flight' response which puts strain on our heart, raises our blood pressure, exacerbates digestive problems through excess stomach acid secretion, raises our cholesterol levels, thickens our blood increasing the risk of blockages and heart attacks, exacerbates bowel conditions such as colitis, lowers our immune function making us more susceptible to infections, intensifies pain, creates headaches and worsens sinus conditions, contributes to inflammatory conditions of the joints and muscles, and hinders recovery from major traumas such as operations, serious illness and grief and loss.


Learning relaxation techniques will provide positive steps towards improving or preventing any of the above conditions and may even save your life.  One of the best ways of counteract stress is to learn correct breathing.  Breathing is something we do unconsciously twenty-four hours a day, but it can also be altered consciously.  Breathing is therefore an important link between the conscious mind and the unconscious and is the key to simple relaxation.  Tuning into your breath at any time of the day will give you an instant indication of your stress levels.  Take a deep breath and then force it out using the diaphragm to empty the lungs.  Repeat this four or five times and then return to normal breathing.  You will notice an instant calming effect.


'Poor' breathers take shallow, quick breaths using only the upper lungs and chest.  It has been shown that habitual hyperventilation (over-breathing) can bring an anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, trembling, headaches and nausea.  Diaphragmatic breathing, expanding the lower lungs and belly, is one of the easiest relaxation techniques to learn.


Massage is another beneficial and readily available relaxation technique.  Visiting a qualified therapeutic masseur can improve overall circulation and lymphatic drainage, relax muscle and joint tension and improve digestive disorders and headaches.


Nervous tension can sometimes be a sign of magnesium deficiency.  Vertical nail ridges are a sign that you are living two much on nervous energy.  Calcium and magnesium work together to maintain a healthy nervous system and may be supplemented in the diet.  The trace elements zinc and manganese are excreted more rapidly when under stress, as are the water-based vitamins B-group and C.


Besides relaxation, there are other exercises that you can do, such as yoga and meditation, taichi and qigong, which are also ways and techniques to combat stress.


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