4 Ways to Relax

Friday, November 30, 2012

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Sometimes we simply cannot control the chaos of life. But we can take charge of how we respond by learning to tap into our own internal “relaxation response.”

What does this mean? It means setting aside about 5 to 10 minutes (daily if possible) to practice one or more of the exercises listed below:

  1. Connect with Your Body’s Relaxation Response

  2. Deep Conscious Breathing

  3. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

  4. Guided Imagery—Visualizing Yourself in a Peaceful Setting

These exercises will help relax your body. They can also help lower your blood pressure and increase the amount of oxygen to the heart, lungs, and other organs. Relaxing can also ease some of the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal and food cravings including nervousness and anxiety.

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