Similar to meditation, which is any practice that helps you turn that focus inward in an attempt to cultivate a stronger relationship with oneself, relaxation techniques, well, they help you relax. And while many of us take for granted the need to sufficiently decompress and de-stress from our overly busy lives, a lack of proper down time can lead to physical and mental fatigue, which can in turn lead to dis-ease.
Checkout this recent Help Guide post for a brief but comprehensive overview of suitable relaxation techniques to help maintain optimal health and well being. Of course mindfulness meditation is on the list as well as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and yoga. Unlike other articles, however, this one gives you a how-to-guide and breaks down the particulars of each practice.
Key points in Mindfulness Meditation are:
A quiet environment. Choose a secluded place in your home, office, garden, place of worship, or in the great outdoors where you can relax without distractions or interruptions.
A comfortable position. Get comfortable, but avoid lying down as this may lead to you falling asleep. Sit up with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You can also try a cross-legged or lotus position.
A point of focus. This point can be internal – a feeling or imaginary scene – or something external – a flame or meaningful word or phrase that you repeat it throughout your session. You may meditate with eyes open or closed. Also choose to focus on an object in your surroundings to enhance your concentration, or alternately, you can close your eyes.
An observant, noncritical attitude. Don’t worry about distracting thoughts that go through your mind or about how well you’re doing. If thoughts intrude during your relaxation session, don’t fight them. Instead, gently turn your attention back to your point of focus.
Read more on practicing relaxation techniques for your health here.