Even those who have been sober for quite a while may not know how to relax either. People have different personalities, and come from a range of environments and biological histories. Personality categories exist such as Type A and Type B, but there’s a lot more that goes into making up who we are as human beings. Some people have to be on the go all the time, while others can easily kick off their shoes, lay down on the grass and watch the clouds roll by.
Our society is fast-paced due to technology, innovation, the demands of same day service work models, and more. Where is the pleasure in life if all people do is hurry to get to work, hurry to go home, hurry to get the grocery shopping done, the dishes done, and binge watch their favorite television series? When we are caught up in this kind of frenzy, relaxing is imperative, especially in recovery. It tamps down the level of stress and anxiety that builds up in our body’s, and wrecks havoc on them.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are examples of benefits relaxing can garner: slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, slows breathing rate, improves digestion, maintains normal blood sugar levels, reduces activity of stress hormones, increases blood flow to major muscles, reduces muscle tension and chronic pain, improves concentration and mood, improves sleep quality, lowers fatigue, reduces anger and frustration, and boosts confidence to handle problems.
Consider reframing your question from, will I ever relax, to something positive like, I am in the process of learning to relax. That’s right, for many, learning to relax is a process—it doesn’t come naturally. Fortunately, there are many techniques to help you relax. Why not make a commitment to yourself and take a class or learn one or more of the following relaxation methods: mindfulness meditation, two to one breathing, Qi gong, yoga, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and Tai chi, and on a regular basis, give yourself the gift of a massage.
Think of your body like a tightly wound grandfather’s clock. The pendulum swings back and forth and propels the minute and hour hands around the clock’s face. As time passes, the heavy weights lower inside the clock. The clock can’t run faster than it does, except for tiny adjustments. Learning to relax is like a clock’s slow unwinding. It takes time and deliberate action.
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