The human body has a natural relaxation response which is an effective solution to all kinds of negative stress and depression. All methods of relaxation techniques - deep breathing, visualization, meditation, and yoga, etc. - aids your body to trigger the relaxation response.

It is important to regularly practise these actions which will eventually lead to a big reduction in your everyday negative stress levels. These relaxation techniques will increase your feelings of bliss and tranquillity. They will also serve as a shielding experience by instructing you on how to stay serene when faced with the stresses of modern life.

The fact is you cannot keep away from all negative stress, but it is possible to counterbalance its harmful effects by learning how to induce the automatic relaxation response. The relaxation response is when the mind, body and spirit are entwined and are in perfect harmony with each other. This deep state of relaxation is the reverse of the negative stress response which is detrimental to the mind, body and spirit.

Please note though that the stress response is a vital factor of your autonomic nervous system - it's sub divided into the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system - because it creates chemicals in the body to prepare it for the fight or flight reaction. The stress response is helpful in life or death situations, but when it is constantly in action it causes detrimental effects on the mind, body and spirit.

Frequently using relaxation techniques helps the relaxation response bring your mind, body and spirit into equilibrium. You can reduce stress hormones, slow down your heart rate and blood pressure by deep breathing and relaxing your muscles. The calming physical effects of the relaxation response will increase energy, fight ailments, relieves aches and pains, boosts motivation and productivity, etc. The great thing is with a little motivation to practise these techniques anyone can benefit from their harmonious effects.

Below are some tips on how to relieve stress and depression:

1. Set aside at least 10 to 30 minutes per day for relaxation practice.

2. Start including relaxation practice into your daily routine. It is advisable to do your relaxation exercises in the early morning before you begin your other tasks and obligations.

3. Practice relaxation techniques when you are fully awake and attentive. If you are tired you will not get the full mental and physical benefits of relaxation techniques.

4. It is important that you choose the right relaxation techniques that makes you feel good.

5. If you are an introvert you will probably choose relaxation techniques that you can do alone like meditation or progressive muscle relaxation. Though if you are more extroverted you will probably do yoga classes. Whatever you choose to do - solo relaxation techniques or take classes - with constant practise it will keep your mind, body and spirit in complete harmony with each other.

When you follow these tips on how to start relaxation exercise you will immediately start to feel like a new person. So don't delay go ahead and start becoming a more relaxed and focused human being!

Author's Bio: 

Belinda Daly is a certified master practitoner in hypnosis, NLP and TLT. She also has a degree in metaphysics.

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