A relaxation practice – whether that’s doing something you love, meditation, a simple breathing exercise or being in nature sets off a chemical reaction in your body that promotes feel-good hormones. These naturally increase your pain threshold and as you relax blood and oxygen and hormones flow and you feel better. Of course, over time you can expand upon this simple process so that you can train yourself to relax and feel better almost instantly.
Resources can include MP3 or MP4 meditations to use on the go, a regular relaxation practice every day, a gratitude journal which makes you feel better as you concentrate on all that is good in your life, gentle exercise, coaching, complementary therapies etc.
Great books to read on this are: The Endorphin Effect by William Bloom and any of the books by David Hamilton Phd – all of which explain the science and the effect on the mind and body. Louise Hay’s classic You Can Heal Your Life is good start too.
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