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Relaxation Exercises

Regular relaxation sessions will teach your body how to relax properly. Just listening to music or relaxing sounds will not achieve the same thing.

Audio guides

Diaphragmatic Breathing

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Deep Relaxation

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Stretching

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Brief Relaxation

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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Autogenic Relaxation

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Mind Relaxation

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A few basic guidelines

  1. Relaxation is most useful in preventing the stress response from building up. Use the deep breathing to do this
  2. In addition to establishing the breathing; practice at least once every day with each of the recorded relaxation exercises, for about 4-6 weeks before moving onto the next one
  3. Set times that are yours for relaxation. Defend them!! Find a place that is warm, quiet and comfortable. Take the phone off the hook, loosen any tight clothing and settle down. Listening through headphones is a good way to concentrate
  4. Try to do the exercises on a fairly empty stomach — before breakfast or your evening meals are good times
  5. Don't expect immediate results. Relaxation is a skill that can't be learnt overnight
  6. Don't use the relaxation recordings last thing at night, they will make you fall asleep and you will lose all the learning