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Relaxation Therapy

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Health

Relaxation therapy really had its birth in the 1970’s. While it was around before then, it was during the general renaissance of psychotherapy, the relaxation therapy also got its foothold in popular culture. Relaxation therapy is the use of muscle relaxation to treat somatic problems, the most common of which being high anxiety. Relaxation therapy has also been found very effective in the use of tension headaches and moderately effective in the treatment of migraine headaches.

relaxation_therapyWhile relaxation therapy is most commonly used in the treatment of psychopathologies, such as panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), it has been found just effective in the treatment and control of common anxiety issues. These issues include all types of performance anxiety and well as many types of social phobias. Relaxation therapy is also commonly found used in conjunction or as a part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

All of this is said to show that while often overlooked in the world of psychotherapies, relaxation therapy has great benefits and truly belongs along the side of many of the other popular therapies out there today.

The method of relaxation therapies varies greatly. One of the most commonly used is known as biofeedback. Essentially, one follows a list of instructions that run through the entire body, tensing and relaxing each muscle in turn. Not only does this assist in the somatic aspect of relaxation, but it also assists in the mental aspect of stress and relaxation. By consciously focusing on one’s different body parts, and the tensing and relaxing thereof, the mind becomes free of the daily stresses and worries that cloud and inhibit its functioning.

Another common method is that of controlled breathing. It involves deep breathing and is often coupled with the utterance of some type of mantra on the exhale. The great thing about breathing therapy is its functionality; it can be done almost anywhere and in very little time. In conclusion, relaxation therapy, while not often talked about, is a very effective way to treat many of life’s problems, the most common of which being high anxiety.

Stress Relief: Relaxation

Stress is a physical and emotional response to overwhelming responsibilities, events, and changes. Focusing the mind helps provide stress relief. Taking 5 to 10 minutes to practice relaxation each day helps you feel more refreshed. The following exercises can be done almost anywhere. Try one or more until you find what works best for you.

Calm Your Mind

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Then try the following:

  • Sit comfortably. Take off your shoes. Turn off distractions like your cell phone or pager. Take a few deep breaths.
  • Focus your mind on one peaceful thought, image, or word. You can repeat a saying, a word, a poem, or a prayer. Hold these thoughts for 5 minutes.
  • When other thoughts enter your mind, relax and refocus by reminding yourself that this is a time to rest and relax and that you will address your worries later. Go back to your peaceful thought. Let the distracting thoughts fall away.
  • When you’re done, stand up slowly and stretch your arms over your head. With practice, this exercise can help you feel restored.

Calm Your Body

With practice, you can use mental cues to help your body relax.

  • Sit comfortably and clear your mind. A few deep breaths will help.
  • Mentally focus on your left hand and repeat to yourself, “My left-hand feels warm and still.” Keep doing this until your hand does feel warmer and more still.
  • Repeat the exercise using your right hand. Then focus on your arms, legs, and feet until your whole body feels relaxed.
  • When you’re done, stand up slowly and stretch your arms overhead.

Relaxation Therapy Through Visualization

Visualization is like taking a mental vacation. It frees your mind while keeping your body in a calm state. To get started, picture yourself feeling warm and relaxed. Choose a peaceful setting that appeals to you and fill in the details. If you imagine a tropical beach, listen to the waves on the shore. Feel the sun on your face. Dig your toes in the sand. By using the power of your mind, you can take a soothing break when you need to.

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Strategies to Assist you in Coping with Adrenal Fatigue

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Alternative Trauma, Health, Self Medication

Adrenal FatigueAdrenal Fatigue – You could be wondering what has gotten you feeling that way if you feel you have started suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. Everyone responds in a different way to tension and poor eating patterns but chances are that those are your major causes. What you need to do now is find a means to get yourself out of this rut. Check out the pointers in this article as the info will help you begin moving in the right way.

Talk to your boss, let your boss know that you have been clinically determined with adrenal fatigue and that part of the cure consists in standing up and shaking your legs and arms for 3 mins every hour. Bend both your legs very slightly and then straightens them switching legs, as quick as you can. It is an excellent exercise for heating you up, for toning legs, upper legs, and abs and for giving your brain a bit of oxygen.

Adrenal Fatigue is additionally called hyponatremia and it occurs when the adrenal glands are exhausted and will not handle the production of the bodily hormones requested by the body. One’s body goes on a downward spiral as not one of the organs get the hormones they require to operate correctly.

Adrenal Fatigue is mainly an anxiety related disorder. High and constant levels of mental and emotional anxiety could cause your adrenal glandular to begin malfunctioning. From a biochemical viewpoint, nutritional insufficiencies could be accountable as well as the buildup of contaminants in the body through the usage of food additives and reduced quality drinking water.

Nutrition plays an important function in protecting the adrenal glandular in excellent shape. The primary enemies of the glands are white sugar and flour. This stresses the adrenal glandular and could eventually lead to full blown adrenal fatigue.

If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, use the blood pressure to gauge which phase of compensation the adrenals are in when standing up rapidly. If a seasoned doctor could do the test for you, you will require a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope more than the digital equipment and it would be best. You will need to take a standard BP whilst sitting, then again whilst be lying down then standing up quickly. When the drop is greater than 20mm on last reading, adrenal fatigue can be a cause.

When you suffer from adrenal fatigue your eyes are sensitive to light. You could do this examination. If your pupils are reluctant to contract, or if they have difficulty holding the contraction, adrenal fatigue could possibly be the source.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the “kidney yang” represents the strength of the adrenal glands. When you go to a professional of TCM you can quickly and effectively learn if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue by undergoing an easy “reading of the rhythm”.

Once you have actually started suffering from adrenal fatigue it can appear impossible to get back into a healthy physical and psychological state. Adrenal fatigue could be hard to conquer however with assistance from this write-up and time and perseverance you will manage.

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