Learning to Relax

For people who aren’t naturally relaxed, most have to learn to train their minds and bodies.  As children it seemed a lot easier, as adults we mostly have to work on it.  What happened to those hours of leisure time we were going to have to ‘fill in’ when technology came along?  Seems like a joke now, doesn’t it!

Brain Wave Activity

Brain wave activity can be measured by EEG (electroencephalography) technology.  The brain emits 4 different rhythms – alpha, beta, delta and theta.

Beta brain wave activity is associated with 14Hz – 30 Hz (highly alert and focused); alpha with 8 Hz – 14 Hz (relaxed but alert, meditative, rapid eye movement sleep or REM); theta 4Hz – 8 Hz (drowsiness, and the first stage of sleep); and delta 0.5Hz – 4 Hz (deep sleep).

In the waking state we are normally emitting beta brain wave patterns.  When we first go to sleep it takes a while to reach the first cycle of alpha brain wave sleep.  The brain then cycles during the night through the different sleep patterns of theta, delta and alpha rhythms with short spikes of waking during the night.

A hypnogram of such a sleep pattern can be found at www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068774/

Metronomes (mechanical contrivances for marking time)

We have included below (in the products list) the following CDs:  Theta Metronome and Delta Metronome.  Research using techniques known as biofeedback has shown that an external stimulus (such as a repetitive metronome tone) induces the brain to match the brain activity.  This gives you the benefits of the frequency following response where the brain’s activity follows the metronome, moving you gradually down into an even deeper state.  Try these CDs at home, when you are in a comfortable position, preferably lying down.. and re-train your brain to embrace the Theta and Delta rhythms.  We would love to hear your feedback.

Lie down to listen to the metronomes.? They are NOT to be used while driving, using machinery or other inappropriate activities…

“Get a Life!”

Many people know how to relax.  They have a good social life, nice fun friends, rewarding hobbies, broad talents they use, contribute to worthwhile charity or community work, they take holidays, read worthwhile (including amusing, challenging) material, exercise regularly, etc.

Learning to relax seems to be more necessary for people who work too hard, work for long periods in the day, perhaps are working in the field they don’t enjoy, or in a very stressed environment etc.  People suffering from anxiety and other psychological challenges need to learn to relax as well.  Is the mortgage so hideous that it’s ruining your life?

And there are always times, even for the most balanced, happy, people where some kind of stress or drama causes them to have to re-assess their current situation to move on.

Although yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, relaxation techniques, deep breathing, peaceful music etc are relaxing (and we’ve supplied some to help) – we don’t think that they’re really the only ways to get there!

Many things can be done to learn to relax.  A lot of it is probably common sense.? Having a broad and worthwhile life will keep most people happy and relaxed.  See the Psychological Health section.

Learning Italian one night a week and taking up tennis could be the solution for some.  Joining a gourmet dinner club and visiting the grandchildren on a regular basis could be the answer for others.  Are you aware of woodwork or metalwork classes available at your local TAFE?  Have you got a garden project you have been ‘walking around’ for years?  Booked a massage and/or pedicure lately?  Was there something you enjoyed as a child that you would secretly still enjoy now, and if so, why don’t you?  Could you share your talent at work to help some other group that you think is fun e.g. become treasurer for the local wine association, marketing assistant for the local race club, publicity officer for the polo association, talent scout for guest speakers at your business breakfasts?  Had your friends around to dinner recently?

We’ve all heard the expression “All work and no play.”

Life Coaches?

Are we subscribing to work, stress, long hours, being irreplaceable etc.?  Maybe a life coach could help you get out of your rut?  And if you’ve just said you don’t have time for that, you’re a candidate!

For other tips see Stress and Help at Work, The Next Day
Help at Work, The Next Day