Different types of relaxation techniques and exercises

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Published: August 4, 2020

It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your line of work is, or where you live – we are all under a lot of stress in our day-to-day lives. The fast pace of life might have its benefits, but it also has many drawbacks, one of them being increased stress levels. Sometimes, all we want is to sit down and relax after a long day. But what happens when regular stress-relievers such as yoga and tea don’t work? Then you need to resort to different types of relaxation techniques and find the one that works best for you.

Today, that’s precisely what we will do. We will give you a few good techniques for relaxation that anyone can do. It will be up to you to decide which one to try out first because we do hope you’ll try all of them out.

Four different types of relaxation techniques and exercises

The following four techniques are widely used by people all over the world. We won’t be biased and judge which one will do the job better or worse. That’s for you to decide and share with the people you love.

A girl that's sleeping after trying out different types of relaxation techniques.
Don’t let any form of stress get you down. Instead, try one of the following techniques.

1. Breath focus

From a young age, we are taught to just stop and take a deep breath whenever we feel stressed or agitated. The goal is to soothe your mind and body by disengaging yourself from all the negative thoughts and feelings. This relaxation technique is so popular precisely because it works. It can be used anywhere, anytime, and by anyone. Besides, this type of deep breathing will come in handy in other situations, such as when taking prenatal yoga classes Dubai based. In fact, you should combine the two for the best results.

While breath focus is one of the best techniques for relaxation, it’s not recommendable for people with lung problems or heart failure. So if at any moment you feel like gasping for air while breathing deeply, stop and try one of the remaining techniques.

2. Progressive muscle relaxation

The basis of this relaxation technique is a simple one – you need to focus on slowly tensing one muscle group and then relaxing it. And then repeating the process with all the other muscle groups in your body. The goal behind progressive muscle relaxation is to help you become more aware of physical sensations, as you’ll be focused on the difference between tension and relaxation.

A man in front of a board with drawn up muscles.
Relax your muscles and feel a good sensation wash over you.

One way to approach progressive muscle relaxation is by beginning with your toes and working your way up to the neck – or vise versa. But if you are not sure about all of the muscle groups in the body, you can always schedule a session with a personal trainer Dubai at home and ask for assistance. It might bring the best results right away.

3. Visualization

Our minds are powerful tools. That’s the main reason why many of the best types of relaxation techniques rely on those things that are achievable with our minds. Visualization is one such technique. At the very core of this technique lies what you can imagine with your mind. Use beautiful sights that relax you in order to soothe your mind. Try to rely on all of your senses as much as possible. If you are imagining the ocean, then try to imagine what salty water would smell like, and feel the sun rays on your skin. This is also a great way to relax your muscles after a workout session. So you don’t have to resort to this relaxation technique only when stressed out.

To make the best out of this situation, we suggest that you find a quiet place for sitting, loosen any tight clothing, and really focusing on your breathing. You can rest assured that you will be able to feel the sense of relaxation washing over you.

4. Autogenic relaxation

Do you know the definition of the word autogenic? This word refers to something that comes from within you and it is a relaxation technique that relies on the use of both visual imagery and body awareness. Are there any words that help you relax? Do they come attached to certain mental images? Then close your eyes and repeat them as many times as necessary. Focus on that peaceful setting and control your breathing, slowing your heart rate, and reducing stress all at the same time.

Moreover, you can also try relaxing one arm or leg and focusing on that feeling, as well. Different physical sensations can help us either calm ourselves or agitate our body – it all depends on the type of sensation.

A man enjoying outdoors -one of the types of relaxation techniques
Nobody can help you until you help yourself with one of the relaxation techniques.

What is there to be gained from all these different types of relaxation techniques?

That’s a good question. Apart from the obvious benefit which is stress reduction, these relaxation techniques come with a plethora of different benefits. Most of them will have a wondrous effect on your body and mind.

  • Slowing heart rate
  • Improving digestion
  • Increasing blood flow
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving the quality of sleep
  • Improving your mood
  • Maintaining sugar levels

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the good things that can come out of different types of relaxation techniques and activities. We are sure that you would be pleased to get even one of these benefits, let alone all of them. Of course, you can’t expect to see a miraculous resolution of some of your health problems, such as increased blood pressure, if you have only been trying out these techniques for a couple of days. Like most things, this also takes time. Give it a few weeks, maybe even a few months. We can assure you that you won’t be able to recognize yourself after that.

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