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Keep Your Balance With 5 Simple Relaxation Steps

By Sandy Schroeder

If your holidays have already reached the chaos stage, you may need some easy ways to calm down and let it all go.

When everything gets to be too much you may feel your pulse racing, your breathing accelerating and your muscles tightening. Take a deep breath and reclaim your health with relaxation responses that slow everything way down.

The relaxation response is a state of real rest that can be created by simple techniques. Once you find one that you like, you can regain your balance and enjoy life again.  Harvard Health recommends these.

Do a simple body scan - My weekly yoga class uses this at the beginning of each session. Just a find a quiet spot. As you lie on the mat begin deep breathing and focus on one part of your body after another. Start with your head and work your way down. See how it feels and then mentally release any tension. Move on to your neck, shoulders, arms, and hands, letting go of stress throughout your body.

Concentrate on your breath - When the tension just keeps building, find a quiet spot and let go of outside sensations as you work with your breath. Take one long slow deep breath after another as you regain your balance and calm down. After a few minutes, pause and look around. The world may look a lot better.

Meditate morning and evening - Choose a comfortable spot away from the commotion. Concentrate on your breath and the breeze as you let go of your worries. If you make this a daily habit, you may find it easy to slip into a mindful meditation that clears the mind and mellows the soul. 

Try tai chi, yoga or qigong - Flowing movements and relaxed breathing can help you create a break for your mind and your body. If you do a weekly class, you may find that you start to relax the minute you settle onto your mat or begin moving with the rhythms of the class.

Let images carry you away - This technique can work for you at home, work or while you travel. Find a quiet spot to sit, close your eyes, and picture soothing scenes from your garden, sunsets on the water, or walks through your favorite park.  You might achieve the same effect with your favorite soothing sounds of flowing water, raindrops on the roof, or wind in the trees.

Once you find a relaxation technique that works for you, remember to use it whenever and wherever you need it. Your body will thank you and your day will just keep getting better.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flower Mound, Tex.

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