Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God…”
We are often so very busy. All of today’s technology to make things faster and easier really just allows us to pack more “activities” into a day. Sometimes we forget how to “be still”. A very wise friend and health professional once told me that most of the time we “create our own stress”. Boy is that true! Next time you find yourself venting about all you have to do, stop and make mental note of how much you “created” yourself! Here are some relaxation exercises to help reduce stress. They can be done anywhere/ anytime.
- Deep breathing: Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Close your eyes and inhale/ exhale slowly and deeply focusing on feeling your belly rise and fall more than your chest.
- More deep breathing: Sit or stand with good posture. Hold your hands out in front of you about shoulder width apart with your elbows slightly bent. Breath in slowly as your hands separate. Exhale slowly as they draw back together pretending there is a magnet force doing so.
- Progressive muscle relaxation: This is a great one to do if you can’t sleep! Start by tensing and relaxing the muscles of your toes and feet and working your way through your entire body up to your facial muscles. Then, work your way back down to your toes. When you tense your muscles hold about 5 seconds and then relax for about 20 seconds before moving on to the next muscle group.