ACS Distance Education UK
Stress is modern man's constant enemy. It strikes when least expected, but with proper self awareness and management techniques it can be controlled. In this course we deal with physical problems related to stress, how to achieve easy living, dealing with drugs, developing self esteem, relaxation, diet and more.
No matter what techniques you choose to use for stress management, the following general rules should always be kept in mind:
Relaxation should be the concern of everyone who wants to maintain health. Relaxation enables the body to rest from the stresses and pressures of everyday life. Muscles are given an opportunity to relax, and you should use your period of relaxation as a time to remove all worrying thoughts from your mind, since physical relaxation cannot be effectively achieved in the absence of mental relaxation.
Massage, exercise, meditation, Tai Chi, reading books, craft work, guided imagery and yoga are all methods of achieving relaxation.
During relaxation exercises the nervous system is also given the opportunity to relax.
A simple technique is as follows. All you need to do is sit in a comfortable chair or in a comfortable position on the floor. Next, say to yourself that you are going to relax completely. Begin with your scalp and work yourself, bit by bit, down to your toes. As you imagine each part of your body imagine it relaxing completely. Remain in the relaxed state for several minutes. You will be amazed at how relaxed you can make yourself feel. Having done this several times you will be able to distinguish between relaxed and tense states. Try incorporating it as part of a daily routine.
If you find it difficult to take your mind off stresses and tensions, try saying the words ‘relax’ or ‘sleep’, or even ‘relax and sleep’ over and over to prevent other thoughts from entering your mind.
Another method is to concentrate on the feelings and sensations that you have. Other methods might focus your attention on a particular body part such as the navel, or focusing on a significant object or person.
Other relaxation techniques involve practicing slow, deep breathing.