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Relaxation For Dummies

Shamash Alidina

ISBN: 978-1-119-95115-5 December 2011 400 Pages


New ways to embrace relaxation every day!

Relaxation For Dummies provides a straightforward guide to understanding the importance of relaxation in our readers' day-to-day lives. Covering a variety of simple relaxation techniques, including meditation, breathing techniques, hypnotherapy, guided imagery and yoga, this book shows readers how to use physical and emotional relaxation to combat a range of issues including stress, anxiety, phobias and fears. The book is accompanied by an audio CD that provides accompanying relaxation exercises for readers to follow.

Relaxation For Dummies:

  • Shows readers how to understand the meaning of relaxation
  • Provides relaxation strategies to help you take it easy
  • Teaches the benefits of healthy breathing
  • Allows the reader to harness the powers of Yoga and Tai Chi to increase well-being

Note: CD files are available to download when buying the e-Book version

Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing Relaxation 7

Chapter 1: Discovering Relaxation 9

Chapter 2: Understanding Stress 23

Chapter 3: Planning Your Journey into Relaxation 39

Part II: Exploring Relaxation Techniques Using Your Body 55

Chapter 4: Trying Progressive Relaxation 57

Chapter 5: Practising Breathing Techniques 71

Chapter 6: Using Physical Activity to Relax 89

Chapter 7: Yoga, T’ai Chi and Qigong 103

Chapter 8: Massage, Acupressure and Reflexology 125

Part III: Discovering Relaxation Techniques Using Your Mind and Heart 139

Chapter 9: Guided Imagery, Self-Hypnosis, Autogenics and Music 141

Chapter 10: Meditation 159

Chapter 11: Spirituality and Prayer 177

Chapter 12: Managing Your Mind 191

Chapter 13: Improving Your Attitude 209

Part IV: Everyday Relaxation 225

Chapter 14: Finding Ways to Sleep Serenely 227

Chapter 15: Discovering Relaxation at Home 237

Chapter 16: Find Relaxation at Work 257

Part V: Managing Problems Using Relaxation Techniques 273

Chapter 17: Managing Anxiety, Worry, Panic and Depression 275

Chapter 18: Managing Chronic Disease 291

Chapter 19: Anger and Burnout 307

Part VI: The Part of Tens 319

Chapter 20: Ten Golden Rules of Relaxation 321

Chapter 21: Ten Quick Ways to Relax 331

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Deep Relaxation 343

Chapter 23: Ten Resources for Further Help 351

Appendix: Audio CD 359

Index 361