As newborn babies people instinctively knew how to relax sleeping when the boyd or mind needed to. However, as we age, we learn to control these urges in order to make daily procedures possible. It is not practical to sleep whenever we feel tired and so it is necessary to keep going even when we need rest. It is purely practical that we do this and there really is no alternative but it does mean that we may have lost the ability to relax when needed. Learning useful relaxation techniques allows us to take the time out that is required and redevelop the natural instincts we were born with.
Only you really know the things that you find relaxing and you should try to do them as often as possible. Even if it's only for a few minutes at a time you should make time. Just because your partner finds that relaxation techniques include playing sport or watching television doesn't mean you have to do the same.
Don't get stressed about relaxation techniques. If you're struggling with an exercise or technique don't worry. If you're falling asleep every time you try self hypnosis or meditation don't worry. These techniques are designed to help you not give you more things to worry about.
Relaxing the body will go a long way to improving your physical condition, however, the most effective relaxation techniques should combine the relaxing of the body and the mind. You should shut out any stressful thoughts about work or home; perhpas try repeating one word or short phrase over and over and if any obtrusuive thoughts do come into your mind then you should concentrate on the repetition again.
The body and mind are very closely related and this means that there are a number of exercises that can be adopted that will not only improve our physical well being but act as excellent relaxation techniques. Techniques like this have been employed in yoga and other meditative arts that have developed over a great many years in many different cultures.
By: John Manci