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22 April 2024

Weekly wellness tip: Why Relax?

Published on 22 April 2024

College Of Law    

Why Relax?

Having a relaxation process is crucial for maintaining balance and well-being in today's fast-paced world. By incorporating some techniques into your routine, you can effectively manage stress levels, reduce anxiety, and improve overall health and quality of life.

Here are three simple steps to create a relaxation process:

Deep Breathing

Begin by finding a comfortable seated position or lying down. Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your abdomen to expand, and exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing any tension or stress with each breath. Focus on the sensation of your breath as it fills your lungs and allow yourself to relax with each exhale.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Once you're feeling more settled, begin to tense and then relax each muscle group in your body, starting from your toes and working your way up to your head. Tense each muscle group for a few seconds, then release and feel the tension melt away. Focus on the contrast between tension and relaxation and allow yourself to sink deeper into a state of calmness with each release.

Visualisation or Guided Imagery

Finally, visualise yourself in a peaceful and serene setting. Imagine all the details of this place—the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations—and allow yourself to fully immerse in the experience. Picture yourself feeling completely relaxed and at ease in this tranquil environment, and stay with this visualisation for a few moments, enjoying the sense of peace it brings.

These three steps can be combined to create a simple yet effective relaxation process that you can practice anytime, anywhere to reduce stress and promote a sense of calmness and well-being.