Getting into Rest and Digest Mode During Relaxation Breaks

Discussion in 'Stress Reduction, Pacing and Exercise' started by Cort, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    I'm now taking my relaxation breaks very's part of my renewed focus on an overall health plan.

    I'm taking them more frequently - but when I'm jacked up - as I often am - it's still hard to calm down very quickly....

    I wonder if anyone has any suggestions about music I could download to my phone or computer and listen to or other ways to quickly get in to Rest and Digest mode?
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  2. Abrin

    Abrin Well-Known Member

    I listen to audiobooks or binaural beats to help focus my over-anxious mind. I find that if I listen to music that my brain can still ruminate. If I listen to an audiobook or binaural beats then it is harder to ruminate. It isn't impossible but it does make it harder. It depends on how over-anxious my mind originally is when I start. (*laughs*)

    I also enjoyed the Headspace app but because I couldn't afford a subscription I found I got bored with its 10 free lessons quickly.
  3. rebar

    rebar Active Member

    Several months ago i came across Olarfur Arnalds, Icelandic I believe. I have since purchased 6 of his Cd's. His music is unique, has a a deeply calming effect. Most evenings we keep the 6 cd's cycling.

    I also use when I'm on my bed of nails and meditating.

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  4. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    I don't think anything with regular beats would help me either.
  5. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    I'll give it a shot - thanks :)
  6. Zapped

    Zapped Well-Known Member

    Going outside helps me, especially when I feel the stress dynamics, e.g. finger tingling, ultra sensitive hearing, chest tightening. Walking around the yard eases these symptoms. Then in on the sofa, a little 'world music', from different nationalities, especially oriental soothes - I just drift with the images of what it conveys to me... .
  7. Remy

    Remy Administrator

    Did you try the trick about laying on the floor with your feet and lower legs up on a chair to direct blood flow back to the core? That actually did reliably shift me into parasympathetic dominance after a while.
  8. rebar

    rebar Active Member

    The bed of nails continues to help, and especially with that issue.
  9. Paw

    Paw Well-Known Member

    My only practical suggestion is one of those head/neck cushions that provide mild neck traction, pulling the head from the shoulders. Mine (a cheapie from Amazon) has pressure-point fingers for the lower neck, which I enjoy relaxing into (they can be painful at first); but most importantly the cushion keeps my head, jaw, neck, shoulders, and top of spine in alignment. Without it, I realize I'm always subtly struggling to support the alignment of all those areas.

    If you're like me, however, full rest will remain difficult as long as you remain ambitious. Unfortunately, at least so far, my disease management comes with a necessary emptying of goals and participation. After the depressive phase passed (depressive due to the inability to keep pursuing my life's work) I found myself able to rest easily. I lie down whenever I feel the need -- several times a day -- and quickly become very empty. Then I can get up and get a little work done on simple goals such as picking some basil for dinner.

    Of course I do not suggest this path for you, as we rely on your hard work! Any pressure you might feel is for the greater good!
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