Stress tails us everywhere, be at home, office… …
Undue stress leads to various physiological and mental health issues. Due to the paucity of time, it often gets tough to practice lengthy relaxation exercises. However, it is imperative to relax our body and mind at regular intervals to maintain optimal health.
The following are some relaxation exercises which one will find it easy to practice at any given point of time. The exercises will not consume much time too. This makes it easy for an office goer to practice these as frequently as possible, and even in between work sessions.
Exercise 1 : Auto Suggestion
Sit comfortably on a chair. Make sure your back is upright. Ensure you won’t be disturbed by anyone or phone calls. Take a couple of deep breaths.
To start with, concentrate on your feet. Start feeling the tension on your feet. Slowly repeat to yourself ‘relax’ and let the feet relax. Don’t apply pressure on the feet. Let the relaxation come on its own.
Once you are done with the relaxation of the feet, move to another part of the body, such as the arms. Repeat the process of feeling the tension and subsequently relaxing it.
Continue the relaxation process with other parts of the body.
Exercise 2: Simple Rhythmic Breathing
Sit comfortably on a chair. Inhale for a count of four and then exhale for a count of four. If you’re comfortable, you can inhale and exhale for a count of six or eight. Repeat this four to five times.
Exercise 3: Alternate Nostril Breathing (Anuloma Viloma)
Sit in a comfortable position. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Once you have inhaled deeply, close the left nostril with your index finger and exhale through the right nostril. Repeat this exercise four to five times.