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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Relaxation Techniques (Overview)

Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress and promoting long term health by slowing down the body and quieting the mind. Such techniques generally entail: refocusing attention (for example, noticing areas of tension); increasing body awareness; and exercises (such as meditation) to connect the body and mind together. Used daily, these practices can lead to a healthier perspective on stressful circumstances. In fact, more than 3,000 studies show the beneficial effects of relaxation on health and well being.


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What are some good relaxation techniques?

What are some good relaxation techniques?

Lots: Meditation, hyponosis tapes, relaxing music, massage, aromatherapy, gentle stretching yoga routine, homeopathic medications such as calm's forte, valerian root tea and holy basil either as a plant or supplement can help relax you. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
289 doctors shared insights

Relaxation Techniques (Overview)

Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress and promoting long term health by slowing down the body and quieting the mind. Such techniques generally entail: refocusing attention (for example, noticing areas of tension); increasing body awareness; and exercises (such as meditation) to connect the body and mind together. Used daily, these practices can lead to a healthier perspective on stressful circumstances. In fact, more than 3,000 studies show the beneficial effects of relaxation on health and well being.


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What are some quick and effective relaxation techniques?

What are some quick and effective relaxation techniques?

Many good choices: There are many ways to quickly change gears & become relaxed. Many involve slow deep breathing. One advised by andrew weil is the 4-7-8 exercise- see www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art00521/three-breathing-exercises.Html for full description. I like to breath in & softly say ahh-ohh-ooo-mmm (aoumm) as i breathe out. See www.Healthy.Net/scr/article.Aspx?Id=1205 for a good discussion of many other techniques. ...Read more

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What are the most effective emotion-control / relaxation techniques?

What are the most effective emotion-control / relaxation techniques?

Explore a bit: Abdominal breathing, muscle relaxation, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, and biofeedback are all helpful. You must find what works for you. I think breathing and guided imagery are the easiest to begin with - see www.Thehealingmind.Org. ...Read more

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What are some effective relaxation techniques that don't require medication?

What are some effective relaxation techniques that don't require medication?

Many good options!: There are many different relaxation techniques including meditation that are highly effective- see www.Healthy.Net/scr/article.Aspx?Id=1205 you might also benefit from counseling- many psychologists specialize in stress reduction. Self-help techniques like emotional freedom technique may also help- see http://www.Eftuniverse.Com/ please see my comment for additional ideas. Good luck! ...Read more

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It it normal to get addicted to relaxation techniques? Why, and is it normal?

It it normal to get addicted to relaxation techniques? Why, and is it normal?

Relaxation: techniques can make us feel good and so it is possible for them to feel "addictive." If they are keeping you from doing your duties such as work, family, etc. then they are being abused. Please don't avoid reality w/them. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are some safe relaxation techniques for stress?

What are some safe relaxation techniques for stress?

So many choices!: Guided relaxation cds are a great way to start. Yoga and chi gung classes can teach you specific breathing techniques and movements that can relax you. A person trained in emotional freedom technique (eft) can teach you an easy way to decrease feelings of stress pretty quickly. For ongoing stress, a counselor or psychotherapist is best able to help you in the long run. ...Read more

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What are relaxation techniques for cultivating positive energy?

What are relaxation techniques for cultivating positive energy?

Yoga is helpful: yoga exercises and meditation encourage abdominal breathing which can automatically lower feelings of stress ...Read more

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What are some relaxation techniques I can use when surrounded by a stressful environment?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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What are some quick relaxation techniques that can be used during the day to clear your mind?

Breathing, imagery: Learn to breath from your diaphragm - imagine there's a balloon in your belly and your breath fills it up. Let the breath out all the way and release tension in your neck and back as you do. Daydream yourself to a beautiful, relaxing place for 3 minutes and chill. Go to www.Thehealingmind.Org for audio guides. ...Read more