December 11, 2009

Relaxation Day 4

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:45 am by kellyfdennis

I realized this morning that this is a great time of year to practice relaxation!  As I was doing PMR, though, I found my mind wandering and it became difficult to concentrate on the muscle groups.  So, I decided today would be a good day to practice visualization.

As I sat in my comfy chair in my living room, I took three, deep, long belly breaths.  Imagining that I was breathing in a sense of peace and calm and exhaling any tension or anxiety.  Then I began to imagine a peaceful, serene place (mine is imaginary; yours can be real, if you like), with green leaves on the trees, warm, yellow sunshine, birds singing, and the sweet smell of flowers drifting through the air.  I tried to imagine this place in as much detail as possible; involving all my senses.  I asked myself what I saw as I imagined myself in this place, what I felt when I reached out my hand.  I imagined myself breathing deeply and fully, and became totally absorbed in this peaceful place.  I allowed myself to explore, noticing how my bare feet felt on the soft grass and the way the warm breeze caressed my face. I allowed myself to imagine that I was sitting in the grass in a particularly sunny spot and felt the warm sun on my skin.  As I sat, I breathed in the calmness and serenity of this place.  I imagined closing my eyes and focusing on each part of my body; allowing a warm, comfortable sensation to spread throughout my muscles.  I imagined feeling as calm and relaxed as I had ever been. 

As I slowly opened my eyes, I allowed my surroundings of my living room to slowly filter back into my mind, took three more deep, long, belly breaths and eased my way out of the chair.

I felt wonderful!  Why don’t I do this more often?

1 Comment »

  1. freeinhim said,

    Of all the relaxation techniques, this is my favorite. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But I like to have my serene place be a real place – that’s the concrete thinker coming out! 🙂 I love to think of being at my aunt and uncle’s beach house. That is the most relaxing place I can think of – in more ways than one. So not only do I think about the relaxing surroundings with sounds of the waves washing to shore, and the feel of warm sand running through my toes, but I also think of the love and security I feel there. You’re right – I do feel wonderful after this exercise.

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