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How to Relax

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I'm a huge fan of the festive season, but sometimes things can hectic and you need to find a way to relax! Here's a short exercise from the BBC that helps you to do just that. Read through the article, complete the gaps and then follow the instructions.

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Planned relaxation calms anxiety and helps your body and _1_ recover from everyday rush and stress. Music, a long soak in the bath, or a walk in the park do the trick for some people, but for others it's not so easy. If you feel you need help with learning to relax, try a relaxation or meditation class. Your GP and local library will have _2_ about these.

  • Choose a quiet place where you won't be _3_.
  • Before you start, do a few gentle stretching exercises to relieve muscular _4_.
  • Start to breathe slowly and deeply, in a calm and effortless way.
  • Gently _5_, then relax, each part of your body, starting with your feet and working your way up to your face and head.
  • As you focus on each area, think of warmth, heaviness and relaxation.
  • Push any _6_ thoughts to the back of your mind; imagine them floating away.
  • Don't try to relax; simply let go of the tension in your muscles and allow them to become relaxed.
  • Let your mind go _7_. Some people find it helpful to visualise a calm, beautiful place such as a garden or meadow.
  • Stay like this for about 20 minutes, then take some _8_ breaths and open your eyes, but stay sitting or lying for a few moments before you get up.

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