Relaxation Wherever You are

In the last few weeks, I have discussed this several times in my blogs, on other blogs, or in person.  I began this process about 30 years ago.  I used to listen to a self-hypnosis tape while I did it and that helped a lot.  However, I have found recently that it helps me anytime I need to relax and I don’t need the tape anymore.

What I think is important is that you turn inward and ignore what’s going on around you.  When I was in the hospital and the nursing home here recently, I used this a lot through the days and nights to calm down, rest, and/or sleep.  It worked well for me and I decided I should share it.

When I do it for resting or sleeping, I try not to move, just relax.  After about the 3rd time, I notice that I feel so much calmer and can close my eyes and mostly ignore whatever is going on around me.

What could it hurt?  Try it for a few weeks.  If it works even just a little bit, that’s a good thing, right?


Originally, I wanted to say that I don’t get stressed out anymore since the stroke, but that isn’t quite true. I do realize that when I realize I am going to have to do something that will be difficult or long for me, I do get a bit stressed. I can, usually, stop it or slow it down by just realizing that it’s not forever and not quite as important as I might have originally thought. I also use an 8 count relaxation routine that works really well for me.
Count from 8 to 0. Breathe in deeply, then count as you exhale through your mouth slowly.
8- relax your right arm
7-relax your left arm
6-relax your right leg
5-relax your left leg
4-relax your stomach
3-relax your chest
2-relax your face
1-relax the top of your head
0-relax your spine

relaxing can be just tightening a muscle in that area and releasing it (for awhile, then it becomes automatic)
I do this several times with a couple of breaths in between. At night, I do it 5-6 times and it really helps me sleep.
I have done this for years. It has gotten better over time.
Maybe it can help you,




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  • Kate Johnston  On May 31, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I don’t usually have trouble sleeping, but when I do I’ll have to try this. Thanks for the tip!

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  • backtowhatever  On May 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I can confirm that this works! I never believed in such things until I started working with patients who suffer from post traumatic stress disorders. Back then, the mentor of my thesis gave me a present when I finished my study: it was a CD with instructions for meditation and hypnosis. It took me a while to try it, and I certainly re-tried a few times before I felt it helps. But it helps, I do it frequently now and I believe it’s a great method of self-healing. Very cool that we have that in common!

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  • Thumbup  On May 25, 2015 at 5:33 am


  • rogershipp  On May 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    When I need to relax… I find a quiet place and enjoy music. Often, as I become more relaxed, I find myself humming and then singing along. If I do this at night I get to excited from the music to sleep- It has to be a morning or an afternoon thing!

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