Relaxation Learning Objectives:
1. Develop an awareness of the principals of the effects that stress and relaxation have on the body
2. Be able to try a variety of different, established, relaxation techniques
3. Appreciate which techniques work well for you and which you feel comfortable practicing
Many things can help us relax. Listening to music, hobbies, light exercise or just a good long soak in the bath are all great starts. Relaxing is important, but it is often overlooked in our daily routine. By taking time out to relax, you are giving your mind and body time to recover. This has obvious effects on stress and anxiety, but has been shown to increase your life expectancy too.
The Life Balance Pyramid is designed to guide you in creating a ‘recipe’ for developing overall balance and wellbeing. In principle, if you have a good foundation of daily activities and a positive outlook on life, you can build on this with emotional, physical and social supporting activities. Toping this up with more ‘emergency’ coping skills will help us to deal with all of the things that life has to throw at us in a more balanced manner that is less harmful to our own mind and body. By practicing relaxation strategies, such as the ones mentioned in this section, or Mindfulness, you are developing skills that will benefit you at every level of the pyramid.