An inexpensive suggestion for stress relief is offered by Robbie Blinkoff, managing partner of Context-Based Research Group in Baltimore. His advice? “…Sit still for 10 minutes every day and breathe...”
Well that’s easy enough.
Unless you’re like some of us who keep our stress response turned on most of the day, and sometimes, into the night. Maybe you’ve tried and it went something like this: “Ah, this is nice…I really don’t have time, but I’ll just sit here and close my eyes for a few minutes...(breath)…hmm, maybe I should move my phone a little closer in case someone is trying to reach me…there that’s better…(breath)…I wonder if I remembered to push send on that last email. I really need a response from them soon…(breath)…Just relax, it can wait 10 minutes…(breath)…Gosh, why is it that I can never relax. I’m trying, but everything feels so tense…Just breathe, they say…(breath)…I feel a little hungry. I wonder what I should have for dinner tonight. I probably need to run to the store. Don’t forget milk…(breath)…and we’re out of coffee…(breath)…maybe that’s why I can’t relax. I shouldn’t have had that last cup of coffee…”
The internal dialogue can be relentless and sometimes the goal of relaxation is not achieved.
That’s when biofeedback can help. When your body’s responses are visible on the monitor screen, you can SEE what is and isn’t relaxed. During your training sessions, you will be guided to release tension that you may not have otherwise been aware of. You may learn that your typical breathing pattern doesn’t actually create a relaxation response. A more
effective breathing technique can be learned and practiced. The persistent mind chatter can be quieted.
Once a relaxation response is attained, you will be asked to memorize this feeling. With practice, you can re-create this sensation of true relaxation, without biofeedback equipment. When stressors arise in your everyday world, you’ll have the tools and techniques to deal with whatever comes your way.
P.S. If insomnia plagues you, deep relaxed sleep is possible.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary
to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.