WHEN YOU GET ANGRY, upset, anxious, tense,
frustrated, or worried, adrenaline goes into your blood stream.
It makes your heart beat faster, putting strain on your cardiovascular
system. These strains add up, and later in life, things can go
wrong because of it. Every time you are able to lessen the intensity
of one of these feelings, it will benefit your health. It also
makes life a more pleasant experience.
Theres a very simple way to lower
your adrenaline level: Relax. Heres how to relax on the
When you tense up, your breathing gets quicker, more shallow,
and higher in the chest. Youll feel better right away,
and your heart will slow down, if youll just make your
breathing more relaxed. Deeper. Slower. Sigh in a relaxed way.
Loosen tensed muscles. Just about any time, but especially when youve
got the adrenaline pumping, muscles tend to tighten, particularly
muscles around your neck, upper back, and face. Pay attention
to your muscles in those areas and when you find one thats
contracting for no good reason, relax it. If at first you have
trouble relaxing a muscle, tense it first, then relax it.
Say the word relax to yourself.
Make sure your inner voice is relaxing.
Dont yell at yourself, Relax!! Say it soothingly.
THESE THREE TASKS are easy to do, can be
done in the midst of your work, and will slow your heart down
to a healthier level. When you become more relaxed, you think
better, youre more creative, and you can use more of what
you know including what you know about human relations,
so youll get along with people better. Your life will be
smoother and better.
This is one of those little habits many
people have formed that serves them well throughout their lives.
I hope you use it too.
Breathe deeply, loosen tensed
muscles, and say to yourself, Relax.