During frightening situations, a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and muscle tension will rise. Such a physical response may lead to permanent and harmful changes in our body-such as heart disease or even certain cancers.
The relaxation response can help to reduce harmful stress-related changes to one’s own body. The mind has the capability to slow down the heart rate when it is increased to an elevated level. It is important to avoid getting stressed as much as possible. The best way to achieve this is to practice relaxation techniques.
- Guided Imagery
- Taking slow, deep breaths
- Muscle Relaxation
- Tai Chi
People who participated in a stress-reduction program, reported to have experienced the following benefits:
- Increase in concentration and awareness
- More restful sleep and improved immunity
- Improved performance and efficiency
- Freedom from compulsive worrying and negative thoughts
- Decreased symptoms of stress & anxiety