How To Relax Your Muscles
Defining The Problems: Anxiety And Insomnia
What is anxiety? In the dictionary definition, it is being uneasy, unsettled, worried and tensed about someone or something. It’s that feeling of agitation we usually experience when problems and uncertainties occur.
On the other hand, insomnia is the inability to sleep, or the inability to either fall or stay asleep. This sleeping disorder actually happens much more common than we think. Due to our hectic schedules, a lot of us are under the impression that getting little sleep is normal because we believe that that is our body’s response to stress. However, the truth is that we may already be having acute or brief periods of insomnia without knowing it.
What Happens Then?
When we are struck with anxiety, unless we find a way to overcome it, it will be difficult for us to focus on our tasks at hand. A lot of times, anxiety has to do with doubts and frustrations about issues we aren’t sure how they will be resolved. Before we know it, our subconscious will cling on to it so much so that we will begin to be affected by it at home and at the office. Negativity and stress will become a brooding crutch we’ll unconsciously be producing, thus hampering our own peace and happiness.
Similarly, with insomnia, lack of sleep leads to less energy when we’re at work, which equals low productivity. It also leads to illnesses. Sleep is a way for our bodies to recuperate and be recharged after being spent the entire day and when we take away time from the normal hours we should be having of it, our bodily functions will suffer. Maybe not now, but its consequences will surely be felt in the long run as well.
Both anxiety and insomnia, when not addressed properly also lead to chronic headaches, hyperacidity, muscle, and joint pain, among others.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation For Anxiety And Insomnia
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a simple and practical technique that targets specific muscle groups in the body from end to end. The practice of tensing or tightening a body part, e.g. your toes, for a few seconds and then releasing them is a form of muscle exercise and relaxation. When done regularly, it will contribute to healing muscle and joint pain.
In addition to this, having relaxed muscles allows our conscious and subconscious to be in a state of calm, as well, therefore providing proper and restful sleep every night.
Furthermore, when our bodies are in a calm mode and are free of any discomfort, there will be fewer tendencies for stress to have a foothold in us.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation And Meditation
PMR and meditation are an excellent pair and we encourage that you practice both, especially if you experience chronic muscle and joint pain. The technique of sitting quietly and focusing your attention on a specific part of your body is a way for you to prepare yourself for meditation or the other way around.
Instead of dismissing these bodily pains, address them and live and sleep easy!
Learn more about Progressive Muscle Relaxation and how to do it here: