Relaxation Isn't Just for Weekends and Vacations

October 5, 2015

Relaxation is a SkillRelaxation isn't something to be put off until a convenient time. It's a skill that has to be acquired and practiced. An important part of learning to relax is taking time to notice the signs and signals your body is sending. These signals aren't random acts. They are there to let you know that you need to change something so you're more comfortable. If you continue to ignore the signal your nervous system will up the ante and discomfort will eventually become full-blown pain.

The good news is, once learned relaxation can be accessed even when you’re at your busiest. The trick is to notice and make changes before things get out of hand. As you sit at your computer reading this article, notice a few things:

  • Are you holding your breath?
  • Have your shoulders migrated up toward your ears?
  • Are you staring hard at the computer screen?
  • Are you clenching your teeth?
  • Are your fingers long and relaxed or curled?
  • Are your hands clenched?
  • Are your toes slightly curled in your shoes?
  • Are you up on your toes with your heels off the floor?

How many of these things were you doing? Go through the list again point by point. Do each suggested action in an exaggerated way, release it, pause for one full inhale and exhale, do it again and rest.

Now notice you're probably more aware of your tension habits than you were when you started and interestingly your body is probably more relaxed.

During the day, take time to notice how your body feels and make a few adjustments for comfort and support. If you make the effort to do this on a regular basis your body will reward you by staying more relaxed and happy. Then when you go on a vacation you’ll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy yourself.


Other blog posts of interest:

Surrender Is Internal Yielding

A Compelling Case for Goofing Off

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Wake Up Your Body & Brain - Audio Lessons

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