is important for overall health. It reduces stress and helps the
body calm down and sleep more soundly. Relaxation relieves
unwanted tension and gives an overall good feeling. Relaxation
also helps the eyes see more clearly and focus better.
The hardest part of relaxing is
silencing the mind. Thoughts move at a rapid pace and as the ‘to
do’ list grows so do the racing thoughts. Shutting down the mind
is the tricky part of total relaxation, but it is possible. The
key is to move all that energy stuck in the head down through
the entire body and out the feet. May sound like hocus pocus,
but it actually works through a process known as ‘exhaling
through the feet’.
Here’s how it works. Lie on your
back in a dark room, works great just before bed. Imagine your
breath moving from your lungs down through the entire body. As
you exhale, picture the air moving down toward your toes.
Picture your breath passing through every organ, heart, liver,
kidneys, and continuing down the thighs, calves, ankles, and
toes. Exhale completely, until all the air is out of your lungs
and the next breath naturally comes. Inhale naturally, don’t
force anything, and let your body do its own work. Once the
lungs are full once again, start the process again of picturing
the air moving through the body.
Repeat the process as many times a
possible until you fall into a deep sleep. The next morning you
will feel relaxed and refreshed ready to face the day. A great
night’s sleep is important to reduce stress and strain and start
the day out right. Staying up late and waking up early, leaves
us feeling groggy and lacking sleep. This can leave us ‘off’ for
the remainder of the day. We are not as productive and the eyes
are straining through the day. Plenty of rest, but not too much,
starts the day out right and in a positive mind frame. We will
feel more productive and happy to get work done.
Learning to relax is an important
habit to pick up. Once you learn good relaxation techniques,
getting to sleep will come more naturally. Your body and eyes
will thank you.