We're kinda conditioned to think of "relaxation" as something spa-related. Something luxurious. Something we gift ourselves with, but only on rare occasion.
This week on The Transforming Anxiety Podcast, we're going to bring the experience of relaxation down from the stratosphere of "oh so special" and reconsider it as a practical, daily practice that counteracts stress. This isn't something you deserve on your birthday or when you've hit a wall; this is a habit to cultivate and prioritize.
But, before you think we're talking mani-pedi here, this is FAR more pragmatic than that. This episode walks through the history and science of a little thing called *the relaxation response* and how you can make this (and not stress) your reaction to all of life's circumstances.
Plus, I made a guide for you so that you can start applying this work right away. Grab your free, downloadable guide by clicking here.
For those of you who really want to get serious about this, schedule a free consult call with me and let's talk about putting this into action. It's one thing to hear this on a podcast...it's a whole other thing to LIVE it.
Some books that I read and re-read on the topics of anxiety, meditation, breath work, and yoga are listed here. There are many others, but these are books I return to often (these are not affiliate links, just FYI):
The Relaxation Response by Dr. Herbert Benson - this is a great book for understanding the origin of the term, “relaxation response,” and the effects of our minds and meditation on stress, anxiety, and overall wellbeing
Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa - if you’re interested in the power of meditation and breath work to cultivate the relaxation response (and turn down the volume on the stress response), this is a really wonderful book to read and refer back to
A Life Worth Breathing by Max Strom - this book ties in more yoga philosophy and is really Max Strom’s realm of genius; it’s a great complement to the books listed above
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