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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
300 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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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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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 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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Why won't my anxiety go down? Relaxation techniques, exposure and other things don't seem to work. I never used to have this much anxiety.

Why won't my anxiety go down? Relaxation techniques, exposure and other things don't seem to work. I never used to have this much anxiety.

Check possible cause: Find out what is bothering yoju in your personal life as well as work.
Write down each day in a diary to see what is upsetting you
then consult a psychiatrist if needed. ...Read more

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Why do relaxation techniques make me laugh?

Sounds like...: ...They are working really well for you. Laughter is the best medicine! ...Read more

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What are some relaxation techniques before going to sleep?

What are some relaxation techniques before going to sleep?

Several: Make
sure the room is dark and comfortable and cool
enough without being cold. It should be
quiet. Close you eyes. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly. Imagine yourself in the best place you would like to be (for me it would be deep under the ocean, gou you it might be a mountain top). Consciously relax each muscle group from your toes up. Hop this helps. ...Read more

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

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

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What relaxation techniques can I do to help someone deal with bruxism?

What relaxation techniques can I do to help someone deal with bruxism?

There are an array: Of dental appliances that can help. Consult your dentist. Tm, I personally find to be useful to deal with the stresses of life that sadly we all seem to have an abundance of. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are really good jaw relaxation techniques/exercises?

Deep breathing: Consider deep muscle relaxation or relaxation breathing exercises. ...Read more

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What are some good relaxation techniques for when you are having a panic attack?

What are some good relaxation techniques for when you are having a panic attack?

Learn to relax your: Learn to relax your breathing. Practice when you are not having a panic attack so that when it occurs you will be prepared to use the relaxed breathing to calm yourself. At the same time remind yourself, it will pass, you are not having a heart attack or other physical problem. Therapists can teach you other relaxation techniques, too. ...Read more

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What can I do to sleep fast at nights? Often, it takes me like 1 hour or more to fall asleep, even trying relaxation techniques

What can I do to sleep fast at nights? Often, it takes me like 1 hour or more to fall asleep, even trying relaxation techniques

Stay out of bed: It helps to stay away from the bed until you're already starting to fall asleep. Exercise earlier in the day and push yourself to stay active mentally--learn something. Around bedtime prepare for getting into bed--take care of teeth, locking doors, making lists, etc. But, don't get into bed yet. Instead, sit quietly and read or do a relaxing activity until the "sleep wave" comes. ...Read more

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What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

Try smoking (?): What! On a Health Website? I mean the breathing pattern - w/out a cigarette! Actually, many smokers benefit from the breath pattern w/out knowing the role it plays. The deep inhale, hold, and full exhale thru the lips is very good for you. It reduces BP and HR. Part of "I need a smoke! " is about this. So, don't use tobacco - but take the time of a cigarette and breathe that way whenever you want. ...Read more

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I feel upset and I have a loss of apitite and my stomach churns, I need some relaxation techniques?

I feel upset and I have a loss of apitite and my stomach churns, I need some relaxation techniques?

Yes: Life is stressful at times and relaxation skills are important. Look for local classes or go to www. Worrysolution. Com for my book and cd set. ...Read more

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Do relaxation techniques help a patient in a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Do relaxation techniques help a patient in a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Relaxation: Relaxation techniques are excellent for dealing with responses to psychological stressors so as to blunt the physiologic chemical response to such a stimulus thus decreasing the "flight or fight" increase in heart rate and blood pressure inherent to such. ...Read more

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What are some relaxation techniques for tics? Is there ant treatment?

It depends: Relaxation techniques can vary from person to person. Some people relax by doing things that they enjoy, such an painting or drawing. Other people can relax by listening to music or playing an instrument. Yoga and activities such as regular exercise, karate and tae kwon do are options that can help certain people. ...Read more

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I have been reading publications on relaxation techniques. What happens to my brain when using a relaxation technique? What is different in my body?

I have been reading publications on relaxation techniques. What happens to my brain when using a relaxation technique? What is different in my body?

Many postive changes: There is a large body of research demonstrating multiple benefits of various relaxation techniques. It changes our brainwaves, increases blood flow & activity of certain parts of the brain, improves communication between sides of the brain, enhances immune function, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress etc. A good summary of research is at
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/research_on_meditation. ...Read more

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Hardly slept at a for more than a week. Tried, valerian root, melatonin, kava, motrinpm, ambien, and xanax (alprazolam). Xanax (alprazolam) helped two nights but does not work now. Also tried relaxation techniques suggested. Help?

Hardly slept at a for more than a week. Tried, valerian root, melatonin, kava, motrinpm, ambien, and xanax (alprazolam). Xanax (alprazolam) helped two nights but does not work now. Also tried relaxation techniques suggested. Help?

Please see doctor: If you're not sleeping for over a week, there are multiple possible causes including bipolar hypomania or mania, intoxication with stimulants, withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs, etc. You need to see a physician -- preferably a psychiatrist -- in person for an evaluation to see what's going on and to get the right kind of help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good relaxation technique?

Can you recommend a good relaxation technique?

Use your imagination: Let yourself remember a beautiful place in nature that you've been to while on vacation, close your eyes and pretend you are there. Do this anywhere except while driving or operating heavy machinery. :). ...Read more

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Can you tell me any relaxation technique I can't sleep well?

Can you tell me any relaxation technique I can't sleep well?

This one is really: Easy. Lie on your bed. Turn out the lights. Make sure it is quiet. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective relaxation / stress management techniques?

Can you please recommend some effective relaxation / stress management techniques?

Relaxationfor Stress: Relaxation / Stress Management:
Put your hands on both sides of the ches, t
Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds for38 years.
• Focus on “Breath Is Life”
• Keep saying until you run out of breath.
• Take another deep breath and repeat the same.
• Do it with 10 Breaths
• Other thoughts will pass away like clouds on the mountain ...Read more

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How to practice relaxation and imagery technique for a better and undisturbed sleep?

How to practice relaxation and imagery technique for a better and undisturbed sleep?

Deep breaths: Diaphragmatic breathing is key to relaxation. Watch how a child's belly rises and falls as they sleep. That's what you need to get your body to do. As for imagery, imagine a pleasant and relaxing setting like a quiet beach. Look at the scene as if you were viewing it through your eyes instead of watching yourself there. Think about what you would feel, taste, smell, and hear. A therapist can help. ...Read more

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What are some relaxation and aromatherapy techniques for fibromyalgia?

What are some relaxation and aromatherapy techniques for fibromyalgia?

General relaxation: Aroma therapy will only help if it contributes to relaxation. Biofeedback can be an excellent way to learn relaxation heat may exert its effect via relaxation if inability to relax is a problem see a good clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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What are relaxtion techniques?

What are relaxtion techniques?

There are many: Light exercise (walking), taking a short break from work or studying, stretching, slow deep breathing, "progressive relaxation" (tensing and relaxing body parts in a sequence), "autogenic training", yoga, meditation, guided imagery, etc. It doesn't have to be esoteric or complicated. Many people relax by reading a novel, lying under a tree in the park, or socializing with friends. ...Read more