mind relaxation what makes you feel relaxed while you are tensed?:-)

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I relax by reading or petting my cat.  Animals have actually been shown in real research studies to lower your blood pressure, and they lower your heart rate while you are petting them.  There is nothing more soothing than silky fur and a cat's purr!

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Working out always helps me. Not only does it help relieve stress physically, but when I am finished with a good workout, I always find that mind mind is a bit clearer and I have more perspective to tackle whatever stressful situation I'm faced with. 

Sometimes, depending on the source of the stress, it helps to do something to work toward eliminating the source, like tackling a small item on the long to-do list. 

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Music is very helpful to me when I'm tense.  I think it's because there is such a powerful mind-body connection.  Music forces my body into a new rhythm,  literally, and my mind cannot help but follow along.  Today, with iPods, cell phones, and streaming music on the computer, music is easily available to most of us. 

Walking and swimming help me with tension, too, I think for similar reasons, making my body do something that forces it out of the physical manifestations of tension, also turning off the tension in my mind. 

The ideal tension-buster is walking with music. (It's very difficult to swim with an iPod.)  By the time I'm finished with a few miles, I am completely relaxed and ready to confront whatever created the tension in the first place. 

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It depends on how tense I am. I really like to lay on the sofa and read to unwind. If I'm VERY stressed, reading might require a little too much effort, so I'll still lay on the sofa but instead of reading, I'll watch something on television, preferably a comedy.

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