9 great benefits of regular relaxation practise
- You’ll have less muscular tension which may reduce pain
- Relaxation increases your immune system’s ability to stay well and healthy
- You’ll feel good as your emotions settle and calm
- Your mind will be clearer
- Your memory will improve as you relax more. When you are flooded with emotion it is difficult to remember things as emotion overloads your mind.
- Your body will be physically more relaxed as will your mind due to the release of serotonin, the pleasure hormone.
- Stress levels reduce because there is a reduction of cortisol and adrenalin, the stress hormones.
- Time constraints disappear and there may be a feeling of “I have all the time in the world”
Giving yourself time-out allows you to appreciate your body and mind. At the same time, you may find yourself having the answers to questions, or becoming more creative. Ever had that experience of not being able to recall something so you try and try and push, and then when you eventually let go and relax, there’s the answer easily popping into your mind? That’s what I’m talking about.
- The deep breathing that you start with, will soon become a trigger to help you automatically relax. Your body will get to know that when you take 3 slow deep breaths, it means you want to relax in body and mind. So, the more often you practise the relaxation as a whole tool, the more you will be able to relax yourself at will.
Here’s a couple of relaxing pointers for you:
- Practise relaxation sitting up if you want to stay awake.
- Practise it lying down if you want to go to sleep.
- Never practise relaxation or meditation while driving or operating machinery.
Relaxation involves practise, preferably on a daily basis because the relaxation practice effect then has a chance to kick in. You see, regular practise makes an exercise easier to do and it doesn’t matter whether that exercise is your maths homework, soccer, knitting, touch-typing or learning how to relax.
It’s a fact that the more you practise, the more quickly and easily you may achieve the desired state of feeling more relaxed and allowing your mind to .. kind of… float along and listen to the words. The more you practise the more you’ll relax. It is like any other skill that requires a little effort, a little concentration and a relaxed attitude about achieving results over time.
I remember my daughter learning to ride her bicycle. She was about three and a half and she practised and practised and practised until she could ride with ease, and a very adventurous spirit! There was an attitude of determination and she refused to give up. She wanted the freedom that came with independence, and there is nothing like flying along on your bike to help you feel strong and confident.
Relaxation and meditation are like that too. There is a freedom of mind and body in feeling totally relaxed, safe, calm and centred that brings a feeling of being in control, yet without exerting control. So, keep going, keep practising, and on the days when you say to yourself “I have too much to do, I don’t have time for this”, practise it anyway and be totally delighted with the end result of feeling very relaxed and as though you have all the time in the world.