Live Healthy & Happy
published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a food diary may double your weight loss efforts.
Register for a free SparkPeople account & make losing weight easier!
Getting Started Guide
Dining Out Guide
Motivation to Move
Strength & Toning
Get Back on Track
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness Options:
Cold & Flu
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Pregnancy & Postpartum
Lifestyle Center Options:
Beauty & Style
The SparkPeople Blog
Fitness & Apparel
Access hundreds of thousands of recipes that are healthy and easy to make. Get full nutrition info for every recipe and track with one click!
Today's Featured Recipe:
Southwestern Chicken Soup
Join Now for Free!
Getting Started Guide
Site Tour Videos
Frequently Asked Questions
Member Comments for the Article:
Now & Zen: Easy Relaxation Techniques
A Calmer, Healthier You is Within Reach
Leave a Comment
Return to Article
For several years, I taught all kinds of relaxation techniques in my Lamaze classes. My clients, esp the partners would often fall asleep. However, I have NEVER been able to practice what I preach. I cannot turn my brain off for even 5 minutes. The techniques are great and really work...except for me. :'-(
Thanks for the article
Mental image works really great for me.
Thanks for sharing.
I love meditation. Relaxing and calming.
Re3laxation is the key to success in any endeavor as it will eliminate stress!
It' so true...ongoing stress will suck the life right out of you. Thanks for the tips on relaxation. Don't agree with the idea that 'thinking' about gentle breezes and warmer climate is going to make the body feel like it's real.
Great article. Some good reminders. Thanks!
I really disagree with your statement "your body can’t tell the difference between a thought and a real event." I think it's presumptuous to say that about everyone. The only truth in that is that you can be under stress when thinking about negative things or dwelling on bad things from the past. That really can hurt you if you do it all the time. Saying we can't tell reality from a thought is ridiculous and should be backed up by hard science. In fact, I find the whole thing offensive! Being able to distinguish between reality and thoughts are what make people sane.
Here are better ways to explore positive imagery:
This article is so rewarding. There are so many ways to relax. I use music and reading to relax my nerves. I camp with my horse too and that is so rewarding. Out in nature, listening to the wildlife. Ahhhh, the good life!
I've always loved yoga as a way to relax. To me, it is meditative.
I...still need chocolate. Well. I want it, anyway. ^_~ But these are fantastic ideas, and I will definitely put them to use!
Great article. Thank you
Who doesn't have stress? I know I do! I have been trying deep breathing. Also I think that stretching helps. In the car on the way to work and when I get to work I practice deep breathing. When I get to work I do an upper body stretch. This helps me start my day off in a relaxed manner. Also, I am not sure if I believe in aromatherapy, but I do use a hand cream that supposedly promotes stress relief. And of course, exercise - I go for a walk every day at lunch to clear my mind. Also, getting enough sleep helps too!
Leave a comment
to leave a comment.