relaxation exercises to cope with stress

Relaxation exercises for stress management

Why do we need relaxation exercises?

In the morning at 5 or 6 o'clock the alarm clock rings, quickly get up, down a cup of coffee, in the rush under the shower and then briskly from the house...

That's how the day starts for many people. If we then also either have to drive through rush hour traffic or take the overcrowded train, we are already exhausted before the working day has even begun. After 8 hours or more of work, we come home and still have to face the private duties: Doing laundry, cleaning the house, doing homework with the kids, etc....

Due to the ever increasing Everyday requirements our body is under Continuous voltage. Even if they are often only small or easily doable tasks that we can "do quickly on the side" or simply "squeeze in quickly somehow", the high number of Commitments and tasks from our everyday life at some point become a burden that you can't get rid of so quickly.

In fact, we are now so used to this everyday tension that we only really become aware of this stress when the body sends out clear signals: Back pain, Headaches and an ever decreasing stress limit are only some of the many symptoms of chronic Overload.

However, we can counteract this overload! Targeted relaxation exercises help us to relax our body to relax and come to rest.

What relaxation methods are there?

There are many relaxation methods. We would like to name the most popular ones here:

  • Autogenic training
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Thai chi and Qui Gong
  • Yoga

In general, it can be said that exercise and sporting activity help us to better relax mentally and physically can. No matter whether it is a long walk, strength or endurance sports: Through the increased physical tension that is necessary for this, we also provoke a muscle relaxation in our body, a letting go.

Nevertheless, very many exercises from the far-eastern influenced Sports Yoga, Thai Chi and Qui Gong especially popular to relieve acute stress and reduce chronic stress syndromes in the long term.

What is autogenic training?

Autogenic training was derived from hypnosis by the psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schulz in the 1920s and first presented in a book in 1932. It is based on the principles of autosuggestion and means something like "generate something yourself".

In autogenic training, you go through various steps (formulas) that help you let the body go limp. Surely you have calmed yourself at some point with phrases like "take a deep breath" and "stay calm". In situations that put us under stress, we often do this automatically without consciously noticing it. Try it out, you will notice how your body relaxes through conscious breathing and you become much calmer. This is exactly the principle of autogenic training.

What is progressive muscle relaxation?

The progressive muscle relaxation is a relaxation method in which you specifically tense and release your individual body regions and muscle groups. The tension is held for a short moment and consciously perceived. With the release of tension physiological automatism a relaxation. This relaxation should also be consciously perceived. According to this principle one "works" quasi the individual body parts like e.g. back, shoulder and face.

For whom are these relaxation exercises suitable?

These relaxation exercises are suitable in principle for everyone who is looking for a way to consciously come to rest and relax the body. Your Age plays no role here - and even with physical limitations, very many relaxation exercises can be used successfully. Even kindergarten children are able to perform simple relaxation exercises. according to directions to be carried out.

In addition, appropriate courses can help you to learn the various relaxation methods. In case of persistent physical or psychological problems, however, a doctor should always be consulted in order to clarify the causes.