“Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.” -Chinese Proverb
The human body is definitely a work of divine art. Surely, the flight or fight process that occurs during stress was part of that original design: without the surge of hormones and the adrenaline rush it would have been impossible for our distant ancestors to outwit and outrun the predators around them. The problem is that as our surroundings have changed, our evolution has not. Yes, we no longer live in caves and are being chased by wild animals but our 5:00 do or die project deadline (and our impatient boss) evokes the same response as being grasped by an angry bear.
Stress does interesting things to our bodies. It causes our hearts to race, we start to sweat, our stomachs ache and we cannot eat. All of our blood floods to our muscles and then, well, it makes it hard to think. So, then, we have the new problem of being less efficient, less creative and less able to make important judgments. Too bad we can’t run away because that is exactly what the stress response was designed to make us to in the first place!
The real problem is that most of us live in a world filled with chronic stress; distressful news events, demanding extended family, unrealistic spouses, crazy patchwork family schedules, demands from outside sources (i.e. schools, churches, and/or charities), and maybe the spouse who found an erotic drawing you did a few years before you met him and he recognized the man (ha, ha). Surely, the stresses are different for each one of us, but, they do exist for each of us and can wreck havoc on our emotional and physical well-being.
What can we do to stop the damage? Well, Relax…. Just do it! I know… sometimes it is hard to turn your mind off from all the small stresses in your life that continue to add up. Really, it is possible and well worth it.
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” -Ovid
Hypnosis is often defined as a state of focused relaxation in which one’s unconscious mind is more open to suggestion. To be sure, hypnosis is a great way to relax your body and quiet your mind. Luckily, hypnosis can be easily used every day to help combat the ravages of stress. How does one do this? To be honest, one can use self-hypnosis or one of the large numbers of hypnosis mp3s online (and hopefully, this author will finish her free self-hypnosis tutorial and free mp3s in the near future). I’ll also post some resources below.
Have your hypnosis mp3, cd or tape ready. Find a quiet, comfortable spot where you are able to be undisturbed for 15-30 minutes (or longer if you’d like). Sit or lie down and close your eyes before listening to the induction.
Surely, there are many other ways to relax. It usually involves doing things that make you, well, YOU. What do you enjoy? Some ideas include taking a long hot bath, dancing to your favorite music, playing with your pets, visiting the beach (sigh…or in Colorado, the reservoir), driving (another hypnotic activity), gardening, walking, read a book, singing, painting, or drawing a picture (hmmm… to reduce my stess, I’ll try abstract art for awhile).
Free Subliminal Relaxation Mp3 (be mindful of the disclaimers below).
Free hypnosis Mp3’s to download:
http://www.briandavidphillips.com/ This is my favorite hypnosis website. On the left, click on the mp3 link… this site has everything!
http://www.dpierce.com/trance/hypnomp3.html David Pierce offers free downloads for relaxation, cigarette addiction and weight loss.
Warning: Do not listen to these recordings while driving a vehicle, operating dangerous machinery, or you are in a situation that requires your complete concentration.
Certain people should not use hypnosis or subliminal recordings: do not listen to these recordings if you have a psychiatric or psychological disorder, are pregnant, have a pacemaker, a seizure disorder, or are under the age of 18 (without the consent of your physician).
Remember: hypnosis is never a replacement for the advice of your physician or licensed mental health provider!