As we discussed earlier in our post “How to Eliminate Negative Emotion and Create Positive Emotion“, changing our physiology is vital to creating positive emotions. This week I want to challenge you just that…

Practice “relaxing your body” throughout the day – especially before sleeping. This will greatly energize us since we are no longer using those energy to tighten our body.

For example, hold out your hand and squeeze your fist. Keep it tight. Notice how much energy and effort it takes to keep that fist tight. It is essentially the same thing happening when we tighten our body. Most of our energy is being used up when our body is tensed.

Let your tight fist relax now. Notice how much more energy you have now.

So by relaxing our body, we can free up those energies and have much more awareness.

I’m proposing that we put the next 3 days to test. Be aware of how our body is. Is it tight and tense or relaxed? Scan your body from head to toe. Put your awareness on your forehead, then scan your jaws, your neck, your chest, your arms, your stomach, your back, your legs and your feet. Relax any part of the body that is tense.

Whenever you spot an area that is tight, simply relax the muscle of that area. Use your breath to help you relax. Go ahead, take a deep breath… yes, breathe deep all the way from your belly.

Becoming aware of our body we can better understand and take care of ourself. With this ability we can better ground ourself in the state of presence. You’ll have more life energy passing through you to do other wonderful things you want in life.

How about it?

Join me in this discovery about how our body can stay energize…

I’m gonna let you in a little secret… I’ve already tested it for a day. I must say, I didn’t realize how much I tense my body throughout the day. When I woke up this morning after practicing relaxing my body yesterday and while I slept, I feel less tense and more relaxed. I have more energy flowing through me. I even feel like I’ve lost some weight this morning when I woke up.

I can’t wait to hear about your experience.

Let’s start now…watch your body and relax any tension you find.

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Want to reduce stress and promote relaxation?

Try this simple guided imagery meditation.

Here’s a great piece from Jayneanne walking you through one.

Ready?

Find a quiet safe place where you can be alone. Settle in and let’s get started!

Guided Imagery for Relaxation

By Jayneannne Benjamin

Guided Imagery, or visualization, is a relaxation and stress reduction technique which has been gaining a great deal of popularity recently, even though its concepts have been used for centuries. It is not hard to learn and can be performed by anyone with just a little training.

Guided Imagery Techniques

The basic concept behind guided imagery and visualization is that there is a strong link between your mental processes and your physical being. Allowing your mind to fully relax can also produce a positive reaction in your body. These physical benefits can include a reduction blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and a slower heartbeat. One simple Guided Imagery technique is as follows:

  1. Sit comfortably in a quiet environment where you won’t be disturbed.
  2. With your eyes closed, take several deep, cleansing breaths.
  3. Form a mental picture in your mind of a scene which you find relaxing, perhaps a tropical beach, a forest or riverbank. It doesn’t particularly matter what you choose, so long as it is somewhere you feel safe and completely at ease.
  4. Keep adding details to your basic mental picture in order to make it as complete as possible. It’s important to try to involve all of your senses, for example if you were picturing lying in a forest, concentrate on the smell of the leaves, the feel of the soft earth beneath you and the sounds of the birds in the trees. The more involving your imaginary world becomes, the better the technique will work.
  5. After a few minutes (or as long as you like), open your eyes and slowly return to the ‘real world’. You should now feel much more relaxed and energized.

Another effective guided imagery technique is to concentrate on your body, rather than a mental picture. First, focus your attention on your toes, tensing and then relaxing them, then move on to your feet, legs and so on; imagining your whole body relaxing as you go.

The beauty of guided imagery is in its simplicity. You don’t need a therapist to help you, and it can be performed almost anywhere and at any time. However, if you find it difficult to obtain the necessary state of mind for the visualization process, there are many audio CDs on the market which you may find useful. They combine relaxing music and vocal instructions to guide you on your journey.

When you feel under stress it can be hard to take time out to try and deal with it. Using guided imagery as a relaxation technique allows you to quickly and easily take a step back from your problems and approach them again with a clear mind.

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Watch this informative video below from QuarkTech Inc. They explain more in depth the practice behind yoga.

So, what is yoga?

“Yoga, this ancient Sanskrit word means to join, to unite or simply the union; it’s all about uniting the body and soul, it’s about merging the mind into the body. For many who take it up, Yoga is a sport, just another fitness option. Maybe they are not aware that the physical aspect of Yoga is only a small part of an entire approach to self knowing. Yoga is about taking the human body to the heights of spirituality. It aims for the perfect union of body, mind, and spirit, through a system of postures, breath control, sounds, meditation, and other practices.”          -QuarkTech, Inc.

Want to relax and clear your mind now? You can do it by watching this short video: Conscious Breathing (For Meditation and Yoga)

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This simple yoga breathing exercise can help you dramatically reduce stress.

Rose Cole will show you how easy it is with this short video.

It’s great! (We do this a lot in yoga class.)

Gets you grounded and center in your body. Very relaxing. Try it out.  :-)

Watch the video below to see how to do alternate nostril breathing.

Besides teaching other how to balance their breaths between two nostrils, Rose Cole is also a Certified Natural Health Professional &  a Certified Nutrition Consultant. She has helped hundreds of people all over the world balanced their body.

Balance their blood sugar and body chemistry, so they  can stop storing fat and start converting stored fat into energy.

And STOP feeling so damn tired and burn out all the time!

With our sensitive nature, we can use all the help we get… Right?

I know 100% that when your body is BALANCE– your hormone balanced, your blood sugar balanced… your whole system would be at its optimal!

Well, what do we got to lose for balancing our body chemistry and making sure our hormones are balanced?

Nothing.

Just a whole lot of BENEFITS.

… And who knows what our FULL empathic abilities are with ALL our physical needs met and taken care off.

Like to stay energetic and fabulous? Click Here to check Rose out.

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Need a break from your stressful hectic day?

Here are 3 easy deep relaxation techniques to help combat that stress …and relax your body and mind.

When you’re ready to get re-energize and focus, then I invite you to check out Caryolyn’s quick tips below.

Deep Relaxation Techniques – Ways to Combat Stress in Life

By Carolyn Anderson

In these times of stressful living, deep relaxation techniques are indeed in demand and, or course, are good ways to combat stress in life. In these times of demanding jobs and busy lifestyle, most of us have probably forgotten how to relax, and this is one major mistake we must correct.

Stress is beneficial in our lives but can be detrimental too – physically, emotionally and psychologically if left unmanaged. Excessive stress in our lives can lead us to many health problems as well as depression and unhappiness. We may not know it but daily stress that we tend to ignore can pile up for long and be the source of our many health problems.

Thankfully, there are easy deep relaxation techniques that you can do to manage stress and live a happier and more fulfilled life. Here are a few of them that you might find useful.

  • Meditation. Meditation has been an old practice in calming the mind. Although it has been connected with religious traditions, meditation has also become an effective way to combat stress and has been a technique to relax the mind and the body. Aside from being a stress buster, it also helps you increase concentration and focus which are of course important in your day-to-day living. Deep breathing involved in meditation also helps a lot to attain deeper relaxation.
  • Self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is also one of the deep relaxation techniques that can also be useful in managing excessive stress in life. In contrast to hypnosis where you will find a hypnotist to guide you to that heightened state of concentration and focus, you can do self-hypnosis conveniently in a quiet place alone. Visualization is an important part of self-hypnosis too. Most often, you can start self-hypnosis by visualizing the tension and stress being removed from every part of your body. Positive affirmation is also used during self-hypnosis, where you tell yourself positive statements. Self-hypnosis also uses the power of suggestion to help you attain a deeper state of relaxation.
  • Imagery. Imagery is also a great technique to help you relax especially your mind. Of course, relaxing your mind can also help you relax your body and overcome the stress you encounter everyday. It can also be a simple exercise to do. You can include deep breathing techniques as well as visualization in to clear your mind and bring yourself to heightened relaxation. Imagery is done by visualizing a place or scene that helps calm your mind – a quiet beach, a peaceful mountainous scenery… and any place your find relaxing. Guided imagery is also a popular technique where you listen to audios that help you picture out a calm scene which also allows you to listen to sounds that will help you put yourself more into relaxation.

Whatever technique you wish to follow, it is important to learn about the technique in detail. The correct way of doing deep relaxation techniques is indeed important to help you achieve that calmness of mind and relaxation of the body. Choose a technique that you can do everyday to manage day-to-day stress. One very important factor in starting with any relaxation technique is to give a few minutes of your time each day to get rid of the all the tension and stress before it will wear you out completely.

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