Re: Research Question of the Week: What is Stress?
Alright i have some time to post about relaxtion methods [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
As mentioned before Relaxation is the physical and mental opposite of stress. Rather than gearing for fight for flight (i'll go over this later), our bodies and minds can grow calmer and smother. We are less likely to become frazzled and more capable of staying in control. This most effective Relaxation methods include:
-Increasing and then decreasing the tension upon our muscles. While sitting long periods of time in one position certain muscles are always tensed, rather than having this have a "tensing and relaxation period every once in a while. This would include sitting or lying down in a quiet, comfortable setting and tensing and releasing certain muscles of the body. An example of this would be to begin with those of the hand, and then proceeding to the arms, shoulders, neck, face, scalp, chest, stomach, buttocks, ect..Relaxing those muscles can quiet the mind and restore internal balance.
-Creating mental pictures that calm you down and focus your mind.
-Meditation helps a person to reach a state of relaxation, but with with the goal of achieving inner peace and harmony. There is no one right way to meditate, many people have meditated before without even knowing they were doing it. The goal of meditation is free yourself and concentrate on turning the attention within.
-A modern form of an acient Asian technique that invloves maintaining awareness in the present moment. You tune in to each part of your body, scaning from head to toe, noting the slightest sensation. You allow whatever you experience, an itch, an ache, warmth to enter your awareness. Then you open yourself to focus on all the thoughts, sensations, sounds, and feelings that enter your awareness. This will keep you in the here and now, thinking about what is rather than about what if or if only.
"The truth Iíve discovered is that you donít have to lift enormous weights to grow muscle. By using stricter form, slower negatives, and stretching between sets you can get an incredible pump in all your workouts. Numbers are an abstraction, especially to muscles. Your body doesnít know the absolute weight of what you lift, it only recognizes how heavy it feels. The secret is to make lighter weights feel heavier. " - Frank Zane
"Sacrifice: To give up, destroy, renounce, and surrender your ego, excuses, bad habits, fears, and your couch - in the belief of an ideal or pursuit of a worthy goal."
"All thing are possible to him who believes." -Mark 9:23