Hi there my beautiful lovelies! I hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today I will talk to you about deep relaxation.
What is deep relaxation?
According to the Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare, deep relaxation is an active skill that you can learn to gain better control over your body. The purpose of this practice is to relieve tension. It decreases the wear and tear of life’s challenges on the mind and body. Deep relaxation is more complex than unwinding in a bathtub, or in front of the TV at the end of a long day. Deep relaxation is
not produced solely in response to listening to quiet music, reading a good book, or restful sleeping, though these activities can be relaxing.
Deep relaxation (also known as the “relaxation response”) is a specific state that is the opposite of a state of tension triggered by stress. It consists of several physical changes in your body that include a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and respiration (breathing) rate.
Our bodies are designed to respond automatically to stress. This response, referred to as the “fight-or-flight response”, consists of a predictable pattern of physical changes that prepare you to deal with perceived threat or danger (by fighting or fleeing).
When the perceived threat or stress is gone, the body automatically returns to a balanced, resting state. However, for some people who experience prolonged or multiple sources of stress, the body does not fully return to this balanced state. Instead, the fight or flight response continues to work “overtime” which can result in negative consequences to your health (i.e., important bodily functions such as digestion, reproduction, tissue growth and repair, and immune function begin to wear down or malfunction).
Trust me, with the loss and severe illness of love ones, I have been through it a lot. The relaxation response can assist you in quieting the body’s response to stress. It has helped me find grounded and centered. It can prevent some of the “wear and tear” that can come from prolonged or excessive fight-or-flight reactions.
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