When you are faced with a stressful situation, such as walking into your office to find a huge mound of work and a pressing deadline, how would you like to be able to respond with a big smile and feeling of relaxation?
The fact is that you can learn how to relax at will. Many people think that relaxation just happens, but in fact you have to learn how to do it. The first time you consciously try to relax in a stressful situation, you will probably find it quite difficult. But with enough practice, relaxation will become natural and easy; it will become like a habit and you'll be able to do it unconsciously. You'll have to learn relaxation skills, but we'll talk about how you can learn these later in the book.
It will take time and effort but the rewards will be rich. Relaxation exercises can encourage lowered blood pressure, slower breathing, clearer mind and many other physical benefits.
Stress is a medical condition and it can have a serious effect on your health. If you think you are suffering from stress it is crucial that you consult a medical professional.