takes a lot of practice to learn how to relax,
especially if you are a stressed out student. You
probably don't even realize that the muscles in your
back, neck and shoulders are all knotted up. The
following are all exercises that will help you relax --
some are more time-consuming and some are quick things
you can do while driving or before an exam. Work
these into your daily routine and practice, practice,
Head to Toe Inventory:
This is a great thing to do when you have 20 minutes or so,
like before bedtime or when you are taking a study break.
Lay on a bed or somewhere else that's really comfortable or
sit up straight in a comfy chair. Put some nice
soothing music (something without vocals is best) or one of
those "nature sounds" CDs or just have it quiet. If
"quiet" in your house is impossible, get some earplugs.
What your going
to be doing is working your way through all the major muscle
groups in your body -- first tightening them, then letting
them completely relax.
your neck... your shoulders... your arms... back
to your shoulders and upper back... your torso (chest,
abs, lower back)... your caboose... your legs...
Then, once you're
all mushy and relaxed, just lay still and enjoy.
This is another one that's good when you have 20 minutes or
so to really relax. Lay down or sit somewhere
comfortable (sit up straight). Again, make things
quiet or do the "new age" music or "nature sounds."
Working from your
feet up, you are going to concentrate on making parts of
your body really heavy... and, when we are on an area,
I want you to imagine all the blood in your body rushing to
legs... Imagine all the blood in your body rushing to
your legs and feel them get heavier and heavier. Don't
push on them or move them at all. You can't move them,
they are too heavy. When you feel the heaviness and
the warmth of the blood rushing through them, move on...
Next comes your core (your torso)... Then, your
arms... When your body is heavy, imagine your head
feeling cool and refreshed. Imagine a cool breeze
blowing across your forehead and through your hair.
Just lay and enjoy.