For some people it might appear ‘too easy to be true’. Some people may have been doing more complicated exercises and doubt whether this easy method will work. Some may be mixing up exercises and doing things that they are not asked for and then find it hasn’t been working for them and so they do not think this will work.But, if YOU want to be helped, just follow the simple steps below, and practice the “Easy Relaxation” regularly, and you will surely find that it helps.
Sit down and make yourself comfortable, if possible with a straight back. Take off your spectacles, watch, footwear, and any other object that you feel is restricting or uncomfortable. Close your eyes. Check whether you are comfortable.
Now, become aware of your body, starting from your head, forehead, face, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. Consciously relax each part as you become aware of it.
Now, take a deep breath and let it out. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
Now become aware of the rest of your body, your shoulders, your chest, your abdomen, your thighs, your legs, your feet. Relax each part as you become aware of it. Continue breathing slowly and deeply.
Now become aware of your surroundings, the silence or some noise in the near or far background. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply, continuing to be aware of what is there. Don’t try to focus or concentrate on it. Just continue to be totally relaxed, breathing deeply, and be aware of it.
Now, you will become aware of your thoughts. Don’t avoid the thoughts or any feelings associated with them. Just let them flow without judging or giving any special importance to them.
The moment you become aware of your thoughts, switch to being aware of your relaxed body, then to your breathing, then to your surrounding, and back to your thoughts. Don’t try to focus or concentrate on anything. Just be aware of it, then move on to the next.
Continue to switch your awareness from body, to breathing, to surrounding, to thoughts.
Gradually you will reach a stage when everything merges into one; or there are no thoughts and no awareness of yourself or your surrounding; or you may just loose track of time; or fall asleep.
“Easy Relaxation” is really easy to do. You can do it all by yourself and you can start right now. There is no ‘ritual’ necessary. You just need to practice it.
You can do the ‘Easy Relaxation’ anywhere. To start with, you might find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
Initially you may have to spend about twenty minutes twice a day (in the morning and the evening).
Once you master it you can achieve the relaxation in as little as 3 minutes in ANY circumstances or when you feel stressed.
Make sure that you are not under the influence of any intoxicating substance (such as alcohol or drugs) when you practice “Easy Relaxation”.
As you practice “Easy Relaxation” you will find that you begin to relate and respond in a different way to your daily life events. You will gain a new attitude and a new focus which betters your responses to your daily stressors. You will be able to prevent build up of tension.