R-E-L-A-X

While in the process of getting my annual mammogram the nurse tells me to relax!

Right…A machine has my boobies in a choke hold and I’m suppose to what? Relax???

She had a great attitude with sincere empathy and encouragement in her voice when saying I would be ‘released’ in only a few moments and to continue holding my breath, and relax.

There was that “R” word again…

During the mammogram appointment we shared tech to patient chat and I noticed how she was holding the top of her shoulders up to her ear lobes. I thought, that’s got to be uncomfortable!

I mentioned the role I once had as a chiropractic assistant to Dr. Verle Breshears at the Breshears Chiropractic Life Center and how I learned the value of applying trigger point therapy before and after treatments to help not only relax the tissue but the patient as well. She was very curious as she had not heard of such a therapy before (not surprised to hear in the medical field position she held). She asked if I would be so kind as to show her the technique which I gladly agreed to do once our session was over. Afterwards she was so delighted she went into the lab office and shared with her other colleagues. Was awesome!

Caring to sharing is part of what health and wellness is all about!

In regards to stress management and looking to simpler ways to reduce stress in your daily life, relaxation techniques are one crucial part in helping to get your mind focused and onward to a healthier lifestyle.

So…Take a s-l-o-w deep breath in through your nose…Hold It! That’s it!
Now force exhale out your mouth and now r-e-l-a-x

Again!…Twice more…Excellent! :)

Isn’t it amazing how just the word “relax” can trigger you to take a deep breath in?
You may have the breathing part down but are you really focusing on the relaxing part?

“Are  you  allowing your thoughts to control your behavior and create your reality?”

Learning how to relax starts with closing your eyes and choose to quiet your mind of all noise.

Basic controlled breathing and the ability to relax will then become easier and more effective to master. By choosing to add more relaxation into your daily regimen you will soon discover your head is clearer and your mind will be better equipped to focus.

The past couple of weeks we have been discussing the importance of learning how to recognize and manage daily stress in our series titled, “Joy Stealers”.

Hopefully you have learned that your desire to become healthier and happier with more energy starts with making a choice to be more pro active.
Getting up and moving forward toward a realistic lifestyle takes small
steps each day. This is one key in keeping you from being anxious and
overwhelmed.

Once you have quieted your mind, like the simple exercise example we mentioned at the beginning of this post, you may want to look through the following relaxation suggestions. This information and suggestions from a reliable source can be most helpful in your daily routine as you take those small steps towards a healthier you.

“Relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life, especially if you have an illness…”

Explore these < relaxation techniques > for yourself to help with managing your stress. By recognizing and understanding these techniques you may be more equipped to choose what works best for you.

In an exercise class setting I set aside at least 15 minutes after a strenuous fitness workout to focus on breathing and relaxation to bring the body back to a healthy state of balance.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more specific relaxation examples and how you can incorporate these simple exercises into your daily regimen for only a few minutes a day.

Just click on the “Contact Us!” tab at the top of this site and we will be glad to send you out a free copy.

As the new year moves onward and your thoughts continue toward learning how to change unwanted unhealthy behaviors to last a lifetime contact us by email for help and support. Let us know what you are struggling with so we can help guide you and pray for you along your journey.

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We know you will be able to adapt these simple ideas and techniques in order to reach your realistic weight loss goals.

Blessings,

Sandi

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