Saturday, 12 February 2011

How to relax yourself in 3 minutes

The other day I was sitting in the dentist chair for 1,5 hours. There was some complex procedure involved where the infection near the root canal had to be cleared. In the moments like this I use some tricks to help me to totally relax (well, as much as I can anyway).

 I will share 2 tricks today with you. These tricks I use at any time and in any situation that can make me nervious or anxious and where I need to relax as quickly as possible. You can use them not only in the dentist chair, but, for example, before meeting with important people, giving some presentation, or after some stressful event - like, perhaps, arguing with someone. So basically after or prior any situation which makes you nervious, anxious and stressed out.

1) 'The Blue Hat' trick. This trick I use when I am sitting in the dentist chair and some work needs to be done (not just the check up). I've read about it many years ago and I always use it.

Imagine that you have a blue pointy hat on your head. Visualise it in the details, feel the hat on the top of your head (what else to do in the dentist chair?). Now take your hands and place all your fingertips together, point them upwards, while spreading the palms apart, so that your hands resembled a triangle. You have to practice it first at home, then you will remember it well when you need it. The hat has to be of the blue color, because the color 'blue' is calming. It's the color of the sky and the ocean, and it's very relaxing when we look at them. The hands, forming a triangle, mean that you are focusing on your 'masculine' energies (think - 'taking control over the situation') while creating the balance and harmony in your body.

2) 'The Duvet' trick. Use this trick when you need to relax quickly and when ideally, you can close your eyes for few seconds.

Remember the time when you go to bed. When you climb into your comfortable bed in the evening (or morning for some people). You feel sleepy. You pull the duvet higher to cover your shoulders and arms, and you turn onto your side. You love this feeling. The heavy wave of immediate relaxation takes over you and quickly you are falling asleep.

Ok, now you need to re-create the same feeling really fast.
You close your eyes, quickly remember laying in your bed before falling asleep. FEEL THE DUVET being pulled higher, FEEL TURNING ONTO YOUR SIDE (without actually doing it), and FEEL THE WAVE OF SLEEPINESS AND RELAXATION takes over you at instant. That's it. The more you do it, the quicker you can relax! I love this trick. Try it and let me know how you like it.

I am sure you can think of any other situations where you could use these tricks, and I hope you will find these tricks as useful as I do. Do let me know if they help you, I'd love to hear about your experiences (and you own tricks for immediate relaxation).

  Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I will have to give these tricks a try when I go to the dentist in Toronto. I don't know why it gives me such anxiety but now hopefully I'll be able to survive better.