Many people living with chronic stress and anxiety carry tension in their body. This type of chronic muscle tension is associated with a number of physical concerns, including headache pain, jaw pain, stomach irritation or upset, pain in the neck, shoulders, back or hips, and other joint pain.
Most of us living with chronic stress and anxiety are relatively unaware of the physical tension we are carrying from one moment to the next, until it shows up in the form of pain or discomfort. As a follow up to the “Just Notice” challenge from Monday (https://www.drsaranett.com/single-post/2017/10/08/Todays-Just-Notice-Challenge-Are-Your-Teeth-Touching), I would like to introduce you to a technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). PMR is a series of exercises designed to help you increase awareness of muscle tension and effectively relax your muscles in order to achieve a more restful physiological and psychological state. With regular practice, Progressive Muscle Relaxation can help you reduce your stress and anxiety, ease aches and pains associated with stress-related tension, reduce gastrointestinal distress, improve sleep, and even help regulate blood pressure and digestion.
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting a video of yours truly, guiding you through a Progressive Muscle Relaxation. You will need a quiet space, a comfortable seat, and about 20 minutes devoted to beginning a new self-care practice.
In the mean time, you can read more about Progressive Muscle Relaxation, in preparation for our practice (link below). Until tomorrow!