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Relaxation is necessary for rejuvenation of mental and physical energy depleted by our thinking, anxieties, actions, and movements that are exerted throughout the day. It allows us to recharge our batteries before they are completely dead. During relaxation, the ratio of energy burned to energy produced by the body is lower than when we are active.

In the course of a day, our body usually produces all the energy necessary for the next day. Depending upon our personalities, and the situation at hand, it is possible to burn a day’s energy in a matter of minutes. When energy produced for a day is depleted in short periods of time, our body relies on its energy reserves. As we go into reserved energy, we become progressively more tired and less able to cope. Soon we reach a point whereby routine tasks become stressful, simply because we do not have the energy to carry them out.

Of all stress coping methods, relaxation plays the important role. Relaxation is the antidote to stress. It is impossible to be relaxed and stressed at the same time. The two concepts are incompatible. If you learn to relax yourself, while under a condition of stress, relaxation will serve to diminish the stress.  By learning methods of relaxation, you will at the same time learn to control stress. Relaxation is the most direct means of immediate stress reduction, coping, or alleviation. Relaxation implies “letting go” of whatever occupies the mind and body, independently or together.

Under stressful conditions, in addition to tightened muscles, accelerated metabolism, tension is caused by the body taking a tighter than normal grip on the mind. That is, under intensified situations there is an acceleration in the mental activity of the brain (mental associations) caused by our physical persistence of completing a task, resolving a problem or conflict, or escaping a situation that is threatening to our life or body. Often, even when we are physically removed from intensified situations, we continue to tax our mind and body with related worries and anxieties.

A relaxation program is an integral part of the Personalized Stress Management program design. The PSM Relaxation Experience CD provides a handy and useful tool for relaxation on demand. In addition learning relaxation techniques and methods, it is equally important to get plenty of exercise and good nights sleep as standard practice.

Gill, Joseph L., Personalized Stress Management (PSM) “RELAXATION EXPERIENCE” (COMPACK DISK) San Jose, CA: CCS Publications

Gill, Joseph L., PERSONALIZED STRESS MANAGEMENT: A Manual for Everyday Life and Work. San Jose, CA: CCS Publications

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