30 Days of Recovery- Chapter 13: Relaxation
Chapter 13: Relaxation
There is no right or wrong way to relax as long as you feel peaceful, your muscles are heavy and your breathing is slow. A few times during the day take five minutes to just sit still and if you cannot do five minutes just sit for as long as you can. Take a deep breath; concentrate on the air coming through your nostrils, all the good clean air. Then exhale all the negative dirty air out of your mouth.
Now take a big cat stretch. Stretch your arms and your shoulders, your wrists and wiggle your fingers. Stretch your legs and your calves rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes. It feels great and you should try to remember to do this a few times a day as well.
Find a comfy spot to sit. Place your hands on your thighs. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Breathe in through your nostrils and out through your mouth again through your nostrils and out through your mouth. Try counting breaths, start by counting to four and increase it every few breaths.
Another way to learn how to breathe correctly is by lying on your back. Place your hands on your stomach. Feel your stomach rise as you breathe in, feel it collapse as you breathe out. Try not to raise and lower your chest, that is shallow breathing and you are not using your diaphragm correctly. The diaphragm is the muscle below the lungs that helps them fill up and expel air, oxygen to carbon monoxide. For our purposes we just focus on, it’s the muscle that helps make your lungs work.
- Breath (qitime.wordpress.com)
- 30 Days of Recovery: Excerpt from Chapter 1 Day 1: Detox (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- 30 Days of Recovery: Surviving the First 30 Days of Recovery (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- Realistic Advice – Letter From the Author of 30 Days of Recovery (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. (pastryfreethoughts.wordpress.com)
- Why is Our Breath so Important in Recovery? (breastcanceryogablog.com)