What is the meaning of relaxation

What is relaxation

Relaxation is useful in many areas of our life. Everyone knows the terms and uses relaxation in everyday life - whether consciously or unconsciously. But what exactly is relaxation and what can we use it for? Impulse dialogue clarifies. Get to know your individual way of dealing with stress with impulse dialogue and gradually come to a more relaxed attitude and thus more life satisfaction with our e-learning courses.

What is relaxation

Relaxing means releasing physical and psychological tension. Only the release of muscle tension leads to relaxation of the entire organism.
Relaxation does not make you tired or sluggish - it is therefore not a passive state.
On the contrary: Relaxation is conducive to top performance. Whether for physical, concentrative, creative or effective work. Relaxation is a process that one can do actively initiate can. Relaxation does not necessarily occur automatically and, as already explained, is more than just a passive pause. Relaxing always means letting go of something. Be it mentally or physically, because both are dependent. Anyone who worries a lot, is afraid or dissatisfied is usually also muscular tense. Tension of the muscles is always related to inner restlessness, stress or fear.

Similar to the stress reaction, many physical and biochemical processes also take place in relaxation reactions. Muscular relaxation stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This part of the nervous system is responsible for regenerative processes such as blood pressure, sleep, heartbeat, breathing, etc. During relaxation, the pulse rate and blood pressure drop, breathing becomes calmer and more regular, the organism needs less oxygen and the lactic acid level, a by-product of anxiety-related muscle tension, drops rapidly.
This is important in these processes Interplay between body and mind. Every physical relaxation has the consequence that the soul becomes increasingly calm and relaxed. This is used in psychotherapy to improve the regulation of emotions, i.e. the handling of feelings such as fear, anger or sadness can be improved. Relaxation is a special state that we can bring about at will. Sitting still or watching TV is not enough to bring about these beneficial physiological changes. You need a relaxation technique that breaks the flow of everyday thoughts and creates positive body reactions.

Relaxation can and should be learned. It arises from the state of inner calm. You cannot force relaxation, you can only feel and experience it. It does not arise incidentally or accidentally. It is an active method that can be learned. With the help of this technique, we can disconnect from the world and its problems for a while and take a break. For this we should try to be in the here and now, so we should consciously and devotedly to this activity. This cannot be done if we are doing the dishes on the side, for example, or planning our day - that is, we are only half-heartedly involved. On the way to relaxation, the inner attitude is very important.
However, you should also pay attention to external conditions, especially at the beginning. Quiet and fresh air as well as a pleasant environment can be very helpful in getting involved.

What does relaxation do?

Physically, there is a decrease in tension in the muscles (muscle tone is reduced), a slower pulse rate, a decrease in blood pressure, a slower and more steady breathing rate, a decrease in oxygen consumption and a decrease in the lactic acid level.
There are also changes on the psychological level: more serenity, lower levels of excitement and tension, reduction of anxiety, increased ability to regulate emotions, mental freshness, increased concentration and a more balanced mood

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