How to Relax in 5 Minutes
Many people use their sofa and TV to help them 'switch off
and relax'. In reality, television programmes can suspend
you in stress for hours, with depressing or thrilling
storylines, violence and madness!
True relaxation is achieved when all tensions and thoughts
are eliminated. Inside, you are calm, peaceful, yet alert
and focussed. You are in control and feel the strength of
just 'being'. The good news is, anyone can do it.
The aim is not to escape from stress momentarily for a
'breather'. It is to develop the ability to maintain normal
breathing and heart rate, so that you can stay calm and in
control, in any situation.
All you need is between 5 and 20 minutes of personal time to
slip away somewhere quiet...
Switch off your phone, ask others not to disturb you
Sit or lie comfortably
Just as if you were switching off all the lights in a
huge supermarket at the end of the day, switch off all
Close your eyes - the darkness is soothing
Now focus on the sensation of your breathing, feel the
rise and fall of your inhale and exhale, listen to the
air coming in and out of your body
Feel how your body feels
Don't try to alter your breathing, it will change
naturally as you sink deeper into the experience
If thoughts slip into your mind, gently bring your
awareness back to your breathing
This is all you need to do to relax your body and mind. It's
THAT simple. To really benefit you need to practise this
'breathwork' on a daily basis. After a few days of using
this simple technique, you should begin to feel the
rejuvenating powers of true relaxation.
After a few months - broader benefits will become
apparent....improved health, improved relationships, better
concentration and memory.
But don't stop there! With practise, it is possible to
achieve this feeling of peace and calm at any time, enabling
you to remain focused and composed even under pressure.
Staying calm in a stressful situation is like having night
vision when the lights go out - you have a great advantage!
- Source: Herbalife Today Magazine