Learn to relax

Learning to relax in these days of hectic lifestyles, stress, pollution and sedentary living can be difficult to do but even if it is only for 15 minutes of your day, you will soon be reaping the benefits.

Relaxation is essential for good health. Relaxation along with exercise, a balanced diet and a positive attitude to stress will help you balance body and mind.

Exercise can combat stress and the fitter you are, the better you will be able to deal with it. A long walk, thumping the pillow or a game of tennis are all great ways for letting off steam and releasing pent-up frustrations. At times of stress your body is most susceptible to cravings for certain foods, especially chocolate, cakes, ice cream and addictive stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes.

So how do I relax?

It’s simple, find yourself a quiet spot where you wont be disturbed. Lie down on a flat surface or the floor with shoulders straight and even. Your arms should be straight with your elbows alongside your waist and palms facing upwards.

Breathe deeply and feel yourself sink into the floor. Slowly relax each part of your body from your head right down to your feet and toes, breathing deeply and steadily all the while. Focus on your breathing and listen to the sounds you make, see how quite your breathing can be.

Head Roll

This is a good way to relax while at work or if you are feeling tension in your neck and shoulders, it is also a good way to start the relaxation process. Start with your head straight down toward the centre of your chest and roll your head slowly around to your right should and then raise your chin. Lower your head and roll back to the centre and continue round to the left shoulder. Repeat the movement five times.

  • Focus on breathing slowly and evenly.
  • Head relaxed and eyes closed.
  • Shoulders relaxed and even on the floor.
  • Arms straight with elbows alongside your waist.
  • Palms of hands relaxed and turned upwards.
  • Let go of any tensions in your knees.
  • Feet slightly apart and allowed to roll outwards naturally.

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