Relaxation Techniques: When Can They Be Used?

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Stressful experiences force the nervous system into a “fight or flight” response which triggers chemical releases throughout the body. A commonly known chemical resulted from the “fight or flight” response is adrenaline. The release of chemicals as a “fight or flight” response affects the body with physical symptoms such as muscle tightening and blood vessel narrowing. Long-term experiences of stress diminish the strength of the body.

Key Takeaways:

  • Guided imagery, self-hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation, and breathing techniques may help with reducing the pain experienced during labor.
  • However, studies report that people with depression who use relaxation techniques experience more symptom relief compared with people receiving no treatment.
  • People with long-term insomnia may benefit from practicing relaxation techniques, coupled with proper sleep hygiene and other sleep-related strategies.

“”It is important to be able to add relaxation into a daily routine to keep stress levels under control.””