The Importance of Relaxation #1

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    The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it (Sydney J Harris).

    “I do not have time for relaxation”, is a statement heard on a daily basis.  It is a myth that we have to wait for the evening or the weekends to relax.  Relaxation is a state of mind and body.  The more we learn to relax our body the more we are present and the more energy we have.

    You can relax while you are working.  In fact, you will work better if you do.

    Physical stress is the body’s response to perceived threat.  Therefore, as long as you are not threatened you can learn to relax your body.  Here is how:

    1. Tell yourself you are safe and there is no need to be stressed.  Even in an argument you can be relaxed and still disagree.  A calm body thinks more clearly!
    2. Note where your body is tense and focus on that area and breath slowly telling yourself to relax.
    3. Tighten the area of tension for 5 seconds and then quickly release it breathing as you go.
    4. Think of being a “wet noodle” for 5 to 10 seconds by allowing your body to relax

    For more tips and ideas go to the “Healthy Brain Care Competency” in the Training Library at

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