-Relaxation techniques are a simple way to boost your emotional health.
-People with depression often struggle with more emotional weight than depression along.
-Stress can challenge your emotional health.
-When stress builds up, it can affect depression symptoms, making them more difficult to manage.
-Relaxation techniques help release the effects of stress on the body leading to improved management of depression.
-Caring for all aspects of your emotional health is important for managing depression, and that means easing stress too.
-A regular dose of relaxation may be just what the doctor ordered.
“Certainly when someone is depressed, much of their outlook is negative. Relaxation techniques can help with that; it can bring people down a notch so that they’re not so anxious or negative.” – Jennifer L. Payne, MD
-Relaxation techniques such as meditation, massage and exercise can release endorphins, which are chemicals in the body that relieve pain and are thought to elevate your mood.
-Relaxation benefits your physical health.
-It’s another tool to combat the physical effects of depression.
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.