How to relax in a time of so many changes!
We would like to extend our warmest of welcomes in this cold new year. It’s very exciting for all of us to see so many new smiles around our campus and we are looking forward to getting to know all of you on this next journey in your life.
With that said, we know how hectic life can be with all of these new people, concepts and ideas floating around. It can be easy to get overwhelmed at the beginning of new phases but luckily there are some quick ways to get yourself centered!
Quick Relaxation Tips:
- DEEP BREATHING: Take a deep breath. Hold it for about three seconds, then let it out all at once (with a sigh if it feels better!). As you let it out, let your jaw relax, your shoulders relax and think “calm.” Let your teeth remain slightly apart (we should go through the day with enough space between our teeth for a small pencil).
- TENSE-RELEASE: Tense yourself all over, one part at a time. Pull your toes up as if to touch your shins and hold it. Tense your thighs… your buttocks… tense your fists and your arms… take a deep breath and hold it. Clench your jaws and close your eyelids tight. Hold yourself tense all over for four or five seconds. Then let go all at once. Feel the tension leave your body.
- COOL AIR IN, WARM AIR OUT: With your eyes closed, shift your attention to the tip of your nose. As you breathe in, become aware of the air coming in your nostrils. Just be aware of cool air coming in and warm air going out.
- WARM HANDS: Visualize your hands as warm, relaxed and warm. You might imagine them in a bucket of warm water, near afire or in warm, woolly gloves. Perhaps you can even begin to feel the blood flowing down your arms into your hands. Your hands are warm.
- BREATHING TENSIONS AWAY: Gently focus your attention on your feet. As you take in a slow, deep breath, imagine collecting all of your tension in your feet and legs, breathing them into your lungs and expelling them as you exhale. Then, with the second deep breath, inhale all the tension in your trunk, hands and arms and expel that also. With a third deep breath, collect and expel all that tension in your neck and head.
- SMILE: Smile and make your eyes sparkle. (Yes, you can do this!) Then take a deep breath. Go ahead, do it again; smile and make your eyes sparkle, breathe deep, let it out, and feel your jaw relax, your shoulders sag, and your forehead smooth out.
Remember! We are here to help you throughout and after your time here at CCHST. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance when needed and when things seem to be too much, give one of these techniques a try. Ya never know, it could make all difference!