By Mary Pletsch 31 May 2019 no comment 203 Views

 Many people find it difficult to set aside even just 15 minutes to relax and recharge.  We are so used to filling every moment of quiet time with external stimuli—phones, puttering, games, TV, chores—or internal noise—reciting our “to-do” lists, trying to think of things we’ve forgotten or missed, dwelling on worries, planning out what to do next—that we’ve forgotten how to relax and recharge.

It’s a strain on our health.  Nobody can be “on point” 24/7/365.  Relaxation is a critical skill to give us a few moments to rest and “breathe,” to renew and rejuvenate ourselves, to improve our mental state and to give our bodies a break.  It is also a powerful tool to counteract the stress of daily living.

The good news is that if you find it difficult to relax, it is a skill you can learn.  You will improve with practice as long as you keep at it.  Don’t attempt it once and declare you “can’t.”  This small investment will pay big dividends for your health.

Five Steps to Relaxation

Firstly, find a quiet place.  Put away your cell phone and turn off your TV.

Seondly, get in a comfortable position.  You don’t have to do the lotus position, but you do have to be comfortable for 10 to 20 minutes.

Thirdly, have something to focus on.  Some people like to watch a candle flame or other object, while other people prefer to repeat a word (like “one” or “om.”)  It’s easier for the brain to do something rather than nothing, so this gives the brain something easy to concentrate on.  If you find your mind wandering, return your attention to the object or sound.

Next comes a passive attitude.  This is the hardest to achieve but the most beneficial.  Rather than actively thinking about things, let your thoughts go empty.

If you find yourself obsessing about what time it is or fearing you may fall asleep, set a timer that will go off after your 15 minutes are over.  This will eliminate the urge to check your watch, phone or clock.

Practice daily and you will see results!

Chiropractic care also helps address the cumulative effects of stress.  If you’re feeling stressed out, or if you haven’t been to see us in some time, it’s worth the time and effort to invest in your health.  Call Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172 to schedule an appointment.

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