Most people are aware of tension, especially when it causes unpleasant sensations like pain and aching, but they don’t always attribute this pain and aching to mental fatigue/tension. This is extremely important, as emotional stress and mental tension can be just as debilitating as physical fatigue and tension. If you search the internet you will find a wealth of information on relaxation techniques, most of which aim to relax not only the body, but also the mind.
Here is a short list of a variety of relaxation techniques… Some of these are imagery or visualisation techniques. Although these are technically not considered authentic relaxation techniques, because the mind remains active and possibly restless or distracted, many people find them a useful. They can serve as an introduction to stillness and physical rest and can be a pathway to practicing full relaxation, when the mind slows down to rest.
- Quick Relaxation Techniques (blackdoginstitute.org.au)
- Yoga Nidra (abc.net.au)
- Relaxation (swamij.com)
- Breathing for Relaxation (yogajournal.com)
- Imagery: Basic Relaxation Script (psychcentral.com)
- Progressive Muscle Relaxtion Script (prtl.uhcl.edu)
- Relaxation and Relaxation Exercises (traumacenter.org)
- Relaxation (psychologytools.org)