Simple Anxiety Relaxation Technique
This simple anxiety relaxation technique is based on relaxation response. What is relaxation response? Relaxation response is just the opposite of stress response. During the stress response, your body is mobilized and you experience a variety of symptoms (one of which is anxiety). During the relaxation response, your body relaxes and your nervous system quiets down.
The relaxation response was developed by a physiologist Herbert Benson at Harvard University. It is a very simple anxiety relaxation technique. Here is how it's done:
That's it. That's the anxiety relaxation technique. Simple, isn't it?
In order to achieve results, Benson recommends practicing the technique twice a day.
Benefits of Regular Relaxation
Regular relaxation affects you on all levels of your being:
Seems like a lot of good reasons to practice anxiety relaxation technique.
Symptoms of Relaxation
So, how do you know when you are relaxed? What are the symptoms of relaxation? How do you feel when you are relaxed?
When you are deeply relaxed, you will experience:
Sounds pretty good, right? You can get a quick relief from anxiety by closing your eyes and imagining what would it feel like to feel in your body one of the feelings above. What would it feel like to feel connectedness, love, or serenity?
Continue from anxiety relaxation technique to autogenic relaxation.
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