Here is an excellent relaxation technique you can use if you have are having trouble falling asleep, feeling stressed out, or just want to tune in more closely to your own body to search for stress.
- Lie down on the floor with your hands at your sides
- Imagine that you are laying on the beach on very soft warm sand
- Now try to picture in your mind the impression that your body is making in the sand. First just picture your whole body to get a general picture, and then begin to slowly move from head to toe visualizing the impression your body is making in the sand
- You want to feel like your whole body is letting go and you are sinking deeper and deeper into the sand. Search for areas of your body that are making shallow impressions and let those areas relax, let go, and sink into the soft warm sand
- Continue to scan your body until you feel completely relaxed and your entire body is making a deep impression in the sand
The relaxation technique listed above is a wonderful way to identify areas of your body that are tense and teach those areas how to relax. It can also be a useful tool if you have difficulty falling asleep at night.
A short definition of “Relaxation Technique” according to Wikipedia.
A relaxation technique (also known as relaxation training) is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.