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So what exactly do we mean by relax? Is it mental or is it physical? Does it depend on how others behave towards us? Does it depend on our behavior towards others? Or is it our behavior towards ourselves? Is it a state of being or is it a state of doing? Too many questions are not too relaxing - or does it relax us to think and find answers to our questions? So what exactly do we mean by relaxing? The everyday use of the word “relax” is very confusing. From the body mind and soul perspective relaxing is holistic. Physiologically - relaxation means the absence of a stress response, to rest, to make things loose or lax. Psychologically “relax” may mean to let go, to be calm, to not worry. Spiritually “relax” may mean to meditate, to be mindful, and to simply be present, and be non-judgmental. Holistically it will mean all of the above. Relax therefore is a behavior response, an attitude response, and a being response. 

How to relax as a behavior response: Following a daily regimen of systematic progressive muscle relaxation will ingrain a habit of physically relaxing under the most trying circumstances. This will take a total of 15 minutes. Find a place where you are not likely to be disturbed during that time. This is a self-awareness exercise where you focus on each muscle of your body and get them to relax. Sit comfortably where you are likely to be still for the duration. Make a close assessment of how you feel now? Are you agitated, stiff, frustrated, anxious, or depressed? Where are the aches, stiffness, and tensions? Just notice and be aware of them. Make a mental note or write in your diary if you like so that you can compare this state with your state after the exercise.

©2019 Phil Rogers (P)2019 Phil Rogers

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