Calming and Relaxation techniques
Stress and traumatic events can cause changes in our bodies so that we may have headaches, breathlessness, chronic or acute pain, heart palpitations, muscle tension or other strange sensations. It can makes us feel upset, sad, frightened, terrified, or lost and confused. When overwhelmed, we may not be able to think straight, concentrate or remember what we want to do. It might even make us lose time and not remember what we have done. Our thinking can become so closed down that we can’t think creatively to find new solutions to our problems, leading to more frustration. Our exercises are based on what people have told us they have found helpful and we hope that you will also find them useful.
It may be helpful to listen to the exercises first watch the actions. Then practice, which you may need to do several times to feel the benefit, so stick with it and give it some time.
We suggest that you begin with the Breathing exercises first if you are able to relax your whole body. It is also the basis of many of our other exercises so we encourage you to practice every day to calm your nervous system down.
If breathing is uncomfortable, then leave it and try some other exercises. The Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a very popular method to relax by tensing and relaxing the different muscle groups in your body.
If the muscle tensing causes any pain, do it gently or you can try the Body Scan and Light Stream Technique, which involves listening to the voice and then concentrating your attention on different parts of your body, by noticing any sensations and using your imagination to bring peace to your body.