When you relieve tension you begin to relax. Relaxation is the process by which one can bring about feelings of balance and calm within the mind and body.
Have a Good Cry
Having A Good Cry
There are times in our lives when a good cry can cure everything. It relieves tension, allows us to let go of bad feelings, and is a great de-stressor.
Check out the DVDs in your movie library or rent a classic such as “Somewhere in Time,” “An Affair to Remember,” “The Notebook”…..the real tear-jerkers of all time. Have a box or two of tissues at the ready and, after the family has gone to bed, watch the movie.
Believe it or not, by the time the movie is over you will be ready for a night of peaceful slumber.
Hug A Child To Relieve Tension
Whether you have children of your own or not, the truth is you can be in the worst mood, or have a horrible tension headache; but when you hug a child, all those symptoms melt away.
A secretary who worked in the office of a middle school used to have tension headaches all the time. When a parent came in with an infant, the secretary would immediately go over to the mother and ask if she could hold the child. As the mother laid the infant in the secretary’s arms, all the tension would dissipate. As the infant took hold of the secretary’s finger, everything and everyone became unimportant.
A Pet Can Relieve Tension
Our pets not only offer unconditional love, but they have this instinct that signals to them when we are feeling stressed, down, or ill. Their immediate reaction is to comfort by resting their head on our lap, or reaching out with their paw.
It is that instinct and that ability to understand that allows us to forget our own problems and return that love in kind. As we begin to stroke them, our blood pressure goes down and as we begin to feel better, they can sense that as well.
Pets have been utilized in nursing homes and hospitals to bring a smile to a child, or reawaken in the elderly the feeling of belonging. In cases where an elderly man or woman is irritated or cannot control his or her feelings, a dog or cat can alleviate the inner turmoil and bring the individual to a relaxed state.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
While the children are taking their daily nap, you may be a bit stressed from the day’s events. But, you decide to finish a few more chores. While removing the sheets that have to be washed, you kick a box under the bed.
Taking it out, you realize it’s a box of old photos that you have been planning to put into a family scrapbook. As you look at each photo, memories flood your mind and the pictures of your babies bring tears to your eyes.
As you settle on the bed, each photo is a reminder of all that has past and as the last one is laid on the bed, you close your eyes, take a deep breath, and remember.
The washing can wait; it’s time to put these pictures into the scrapbook. Relaxed and eager to start the project, the children awake. It’s okay; everything is fine now.
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