A workout for your Mind
In our lives, we all undergo stress, from little annoyance from our day to day lives such as minor traffic, to severe situations with life changing decisions. No matter what the cause is behind the stress, our body floods with hormones that are released. Our body floods with Adrenaline and Cortisol, which can increase our heart rates. Our heart pounds, breathing rate increases and our muscles tense up.
This so called stress response is a normal reaction to such situations in our daily lives. Challenging situations in our lives can trigger this response in our body. We can't always avoid them, but we can learn how to overcome them.
Following are a few relaxation techniques that can put your mind to ease:
In this simple yet powerful technique, we start by taking deep and long breaths. As we breathe, we disengage our mind from our distracting thoughts. This technique is especially helpful for people to focus on their bodies, through a more positive manner.
This technique blends with Breath focus and can be considered the next stage. After some deep breathing, focus on one part of the body or muscle for some time and try to release any physical tension you feel at that point. A body scan can boost your awareness about your mind-body connection.
For this technique, you conjure up soothing scenes, places, or experiences in your mind to help you relax and focus. Guided imagery may help you reinforce a positive vision of yourself. Be mindful that the image you envision must have some personal significance to you.
This technique involves you sitting comfortably and focusing on your breathing, bringing your mind's attention to the present moment without drifting into concerns about the past or the future. This form of meditation has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years.