Relax Under Pressure

Relax Under Pressure

No doubt we are at fault if we are unaware of the technique of relaxation as stress reduces the body’s defenses. We will certainly get relaxed if we know the technique of breathing. For few minutes we should sit and become aware of our incoming and outgoing breath. The secret of good health is to watch quietly the ebb and flow while breathing in and breathing out. This habit certainly reduces our stress and tension to a considerable extent.

Moreover, our breathing should not be shallow but deep. If we breathe in slowly and deeply, and exhale completely,

we find a significant decrease in our heart rate and depression, and we get relaxed whenever we are afflicted with heavy pressure of life. 

Nicephorus the Solitary very aptly says about the inhaling and exhaling of breath: "The organ that serves for this is the lungs that lie round the heart, so that the air passing through them thereby envelops the heart. Thus breathing is a natural way to the heart. And so, having collected your mind within you, lead it into the channel of breathing through which air reaches the heart and, together with this inhaled air, force your mind to descend into the heart and to remain there.” This is a very wise observation and it is substantiated by the fact that in all

sacred texts of Yoga we find a great emphasis on the necessity of deep breathing for keeping good health.

In the postmodern world we have made a lot of materialistic progress but due to our lust for earning more and more dollars we have lost our health due to unhealthy life style. The best thing for the people tormented with chronic insomnia and other diseases is to find a quiet place at home where we are able to have a few minutes for ourself and there is no one to disturb us. During these quiet moments, we should develop the habit of deep breathing and allow ourself to be absorbed in the process of inhaling and exhaling the breath. This will make us stress-free.

This deep breathing is very helpful in slowing heartbeat. It has also been recommended that while exhaling out the breath we should count the number of the breath. The truth is that this counting of the breath is quite beneficial as it helps the mind to avoid distraction. Karl W. Palachuk rightly advises that we should breathe in to the count of four and out to the count of eight, which serves to hold the focus on breathing.

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Last updated on 25-07-2016 149 0

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