Meditation and relaxation skills have been considered by many theorists to be an important part of understanding oneself and the world around us. The ability to focus our attention on peaceful emotions, the nature around us and the journey of life can help to calm and relax us. Too often we focus on the pain, the problems and the doors that close in our life journey.
The skills to be able to “let go” are taught by psychologists during counselling. The types of relaxation and meditation strategies include:
If you have ever heard someone say to you “breathe”, then it is possible that you have been hyperventilating. Hyperventilation occurs when you breathe in lots of air and hold it in your lungs as a response to something you are afraid of confronting. In the wild you would need to run away, but this is not necessary in our current world of computers, cars and mobiles. Very rarely do we physically run away from what scares us! Breathing in activates your adrenaline to help you to run; conversely, breathing out helps you to calm.
The basis of effective breathing is learning to control your breathing in times of crisis, to be able to breathe out slowly and prevent over inhaling air when you are not running away….
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is very useful to learn, so that you can relax your tense muscles during the day. Your psychologist should be able to teach you how to do this, and how it can assist with daily tension, headaches, stomach pain and negative emotions.
Most psychologists can help you to sleep better. Sleep is the body’s normal way to “power off”, in a similar way to your computer. When you are asleep your dreams will “defrag” your memories – again, just like your computer. During your slumber, your brain files away the important facts and deletes the memories that are unimportant.
Nightmares are a common reason for poor sleep, especially when you have experienced past trauma. Your psychologist can help you to learn about sleep cycles, sleep habits and ways to improve the quality of your sleep .
Mindfulness is the term given to a set of modern techniques that improve your focus and attention. Training your mind to focus reduces the chaos that can occur when your thoughts, worry and/or pain are flowing through your mind and cause distress.
This are just a few of the techniques your hypnotherapist can share with you, to help you with relaxation and reducing your stress levels.
Freecall 1800 877 924 to book an appointment today!