Relaxation Tips

Tip 1

For When Sleep Eludes

Come into an upright seated position. Drop your arms to the outside of your thighs and allow your head to gently hang. Exhale completely. Inhale slowly through your nose for a count of 8. Hold for 4 seconds. Exhale slowly and completely through your mouth for a count of 8.

Repeat 3 to 4 times or as needed.

The action of hanging the head as well as the slow and deep inhalation and exhalation decreases the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Two key elements known to cause sleeplessness.

 

Tip 2

To Reduce Anxiety

A simple and most effective way of reducing anxiety, is cuddling. Skin to skin works best.

The concept of gentle and affectionate touch provides oxytocin releasing stimulation that creates a chemical reaction, reducing blood pressure, decreasing anxiety and eliminating stress induced tension.

Definitely repeat as needed.

 

Tip 3

For Headache Relief

Come into an upright seated position. Take three deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth. On your third exhale, spread the palm of your non-dominant hand. Using your free hand, pinch the area between the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand.

Breathe slowly and deeply for a count of five.

Repeat as needed.

 

Tip 4

Lowering Your Heart Rate

Sit in an upright position or lay flat on your back.

Inhale through your mouth for 5 to 8 seconds. Hold your breath for 3 to 5 seconds. Finally, exhale completely for 5 to 8 seconds.

Focus on your breath.

Repeat as needed.