If your job involves lot of stress, be it your work place or at home, relaxing can get pretty tough. However, unless you learn to relax effectively, there is no way you can eliminate stress. It may be ok if the stress is short term. Your body can effectively handle such short stress periods. But if the same routine continues throughout your lifestyle, the stress keeps accumulating in your body, resulting in chronic illnesses, sleep disorders and decreased immunity. So how can you learn to relax under such situations? The answer is, through “power breaks”.
How to do it?
There are two methods of taking power breaks. You can practice any one of them according to your likings and the results experienced.
The first method involves closing your eyes and either watching your thoughts or your breath or repeating a mantra or word. At first your mind may wander every now and then. However, through diligent practice, the length of your awareness on your chosen object will increase gradually and a time will come when the entire duration of your power break will be absolutely free of any thoughts. And when you open your eyes, it’ll be like you just woke up from a deep sleep.
The second method is easier than the above method. It simply involves closing your eyes and visualizing yourself in your favorite place or situation. For some it may be a beach or wilderness or the mountains or even in the arms of your loved one. You may also recollect some of the happiest moments of your life. The object and depth of your visualization should be such that it should pull you like a magnet towards it and bring extreme joy in you. Through out this visualizing period take uniform deep breaths and smile, which is how your body responds when you are in a state of bliss. By mimicking your body’s responses during state of bliss, you automatically feel bliss. When you feel like coming out, slowly count to ten and open your eyes, with each count, lessening the depth of visualization.
Both the above methods are extremely effective ways to relax and recharge your body and mind and they can be done anywhere and at any time. It takes less than 10 minutes and once you master the technique, you can achieve the same result in just few minutes. When done repeatedly through out your day, you can feel as refreshed and energetic at the end of your day as you were when you woke up.