Living with MS is beyond difficult. Has anyone told you that you just need to relax? If they have, you probably immediately became tense. There’s something about those words — relax, be calm, and calm down — that trigger a deep emotional response in most of us. These five simple relaxation exercises include something suitable for just about everyone living with multiple sclerosis. We hope you’ll find one that works for you.
When you have a chronic illness, it is important to learn to deal with stress. Of course, that is easier said than done. Depending on your disease progression, you may not be in the position to practice many of the popular relaxation techniques. And let’s face it, most of us don’t feel like we have time to practice relaxing.
Simple relaxation techniques may help manage your MS and any anxiety you feel about your disease.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) considers relaxation exercises to be safe for most people. However, just like with exercise routines, people with serious physical health problems such as multiple sclerosis should discuss the techniques with their healthcare provider before starting a relaxation routine.
There are many viable techniques for relaxing. These include deep breathing exercises, self-hypnosis, and guided imagery. Each relaxation technique goal is to produce a natural reaction from the body. This should include: lower blood pressure, slower breathing, and a sense of well-being.
We found five easy relaxation exercises that are simple enough for most people to do in a chair or while lying in bed.
Place your hand just beneath your navel so you can feel the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Breathe in. Pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.
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