Section THREE – The Physical Benefits Related to Relaxation
RELAXATION CAN HELP TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS OF STRESS. IT CAN HELP INDIVIDUALS TO CALM DOWN AND TAKE A STEP BACK FROM A STRESSFUL SITUATION.
Good relaxation always starts with focusing on your breathing.
Breathe in and out slowly and get into a gentle, regular rhythm.
CBRT COMBINES AWARENESS OF THE BREATHING PATTERN WITH RELAXING DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BODY.
Although the cause of any anxiety or stress won’t disappear, individuals participating in CBRT Relaxation Support Sessions will potentially feel more able to cope once they have released some tension in their body and cleared their thoughts.
• Relaxation lowers blood pressure in many people and so decreases the likelihood of stroke and heart attack;
• Relaxation gives a ‘break’ from things and lowers activity within the limbic system of the brain, the emotional centre;
• The brain has a regular need for more pronounced right-hemispheric activity and relaxation helps meet this need.
NUMEROUS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT USING RELAXATION TECHNIQUES REGULARLY CAN:
• Can significantly reduce the incidence of a second heart attack;
• Protect you from mental health problems ;
• Improve your immune system function;
• Aid memory, concentration levels and learning ;
• Improve your coping skills and make you feel energized.
FROM THE BBC WEBSITE: FOR BEST RESULTS COMBINE THE TWO TECHNIQUES:
“It’s important that you make time to practice a thorough routine on a regular basis. There are plenty of resources out there to help you do this – the anxiety section lists just a few. Relaxation is one of the most effective self-help activities for mental health. It can be a useful addition to any other form of treatment as well as being an effective measure to prevent the development of stress and anxiety, and at the end of the day to help you sleep.
Relaxation exercises can be divided into two broad categories: those for the body and those for the mind. Body-centred exercises also have an effect on the mind. Having a relaxed body may not prevent a constant flow of anxiety-inducing thoughts but it’s a good basis for getting some control of them. So for best results try to combine the two techniques.”