How Relaxation Helps When you feel stress,
your body responds by releasing hormones that increase your blood pressure and raise your heart rate. This is called the stress response.
Relaxation techniques can help your body relax and lower your blood pressure and heart rate. This is called a relaxation response.
One of the simplest ways to relax is by practicing deep breathing. You can do deep breathing almost anywhere.
Sit still or lie down and place one hand on your stomach. Put your other hand over your heart.
Inhale slowly until you feel your stomach rise.
Hold your breath for a moment.
Exhale slowly, feeling your stomach fall.
Meditation involves focusing your attention to help you feel more relaxed. Practicing meditation may help you react in a calmer way to your emotions and thoughts, including those that cause stress.
Focused attention. You might focus on your breath, an object, or a set of words.
Quiet. Most meditation is done in a quiet area to limit distractions.
Body position. Most people think meditation is done while sitting, but it can also be done lying down, walking, or standing.
An open attitude. This means that you stay open to thoughts that come into your mind during meditation. Instead of judging these thoughts, you let them go by bringing your attention back to your focus.
Relaxed breathing. During meditation, you breathe slowly and calmly. This also helps you relax.