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    Donna G Guest

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    Importance of Being Able to Relax

    Contributor: "Dr. J" Dr. J offers his irreverent, slightly irrelevant,
    but possibly useful opinions on health and fitness. A Florida surgeon
    and fitness freak with a black belt in karate, he runs 50 miles a week
    and flies a Cherokee Arrow 200.

    Years ago, my father made the quixotic statement to me, "You are wasting
    your life!"

    I'm sure he meant it in a well-intentioned, different generation kind of
    motivating way, and being a rebellious child, it motivated me to my new
    life's goal, to have "a life well-wasted!"

    As I pursued my career goals, however, that former goal was lost along
    the way, probably somewhere between Organic Chemistry and Human Anatomy.

    I think it's pretty well understood by anyone going into the medical
    profession that most of our time will be spent either working hard or
    working harder.

    Eventually I realized, however, that finding the time to relax, even
    with a very busy schedule, was so important to living a more balanced,
    healthy life that the old mantra made a return visit to my thinking,
    though now in a slightly changed form. I no longer worry about wasting
    time, because I have come to understand the importance of having time
    well-wasted!

    A recent study from the University of Cincinnati's Department of
    Psychology done by Christina Luberto, a PhD candidate, has looked into
    the unusual problem of relaxation-induced anxiety (RIA).

    "Relaxation-induced anxiety, or the paradoxical increase in anxiety as a
    result of relaxation, is a relatively common occurrence," explains
    Luberto. "We wanted to develop a test to examine why certain individuals
    fear relaxation events or sensations associated with taking a time-out
    just to relax."

    This led to the Relaxation Sensitivity Index (RSI), to examine the
    physical, cognitive and social issues surrounding the anxiety seemingly
    related to being able to just relax. The RSI is a 21-item questionnaire
    that explores fears related to relaxation anxiety in three key
    categories:

    Physical Issues: "It scares me when my breathing becomes deeper; I hate
    getting massages because of the feeling it creates when my muscles
    relax…"

    Cognitive Issues: "I don't like to relax because I don't like it when my
    thoughts slow down; I don't like to relax because it makes me feel out
    of control…"

    Social Issues: "I worry that when I let my body relax, I'll look
    unattractive; I worry that if I relax, other people will think I'm
    lazy…"

    One of the reasons that identifying individuals with RSI has clinical
    relevance is because the use of relaxation therapies is a very common
    treatment for many anxiety disorders, and this subset of individuals
    would not respond favorably to this form of treatment.

    Learning to waste time well

    I know that, just as with many lifestyle behaviors, there is a range of
    healthy when it comes to relaxing. For me, sometimes relaxation comes in
    the form of what many would consider more intense activities such as the
    martial arts, playing sports, or flying my plane.

    However, if you are a person who can't just do nothing and be all right
    with that, you would be well advised to look further into why this is a
    struggle for you.

    Otherwise, I hope you are spending some time wasting your life too. In a
    good way, of course!

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
    - Edmund Hillary

    3) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......


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    x x Guest

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    7:47pm Being able to relax does help the body so much that deals with
    numerous amounts of different pains and levels.. I know, because I am a
    witness, that it is so hard to do most times..
    That is one reason I love to find things that make me laugh.. Good
    hearty laughs several times daily makes the body feel so much more
    relaxed.. Exercise does help a lot, of the kind that we can do without
    trauma to our bodies.. Moe


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    Diane Guest

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    I do the exact same thing, Moe! I look for comedies on TV and we like so
    many of them. LOL I'm always game for a good laugh and it really does help
    my body, mind and whole outlook on life. :-) I can't do any exercises
    anymore, though, but I sure can laugh! I'm so glad you are able to do some
    exercises, Moe. I'm sure they help you also. Take care.

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    "x x" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > 7:47pm Being able to relax does help the body so much that deals with
    > numerous amounts of different pains and levels.. I know, because I am a
    > witness, that it is so hard to do most times..
    > That is one reason I love to find things that make me laugh.. Good
    > hearty laughs several times daily makes the body feel so much more
    > relaxed.. Exercise does help a lot, of the kind that we can do without
    > trauma to our bodies.. Moe
    >


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    Diane Guest

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    Thank you so much for this info, Donna. I have a relaxation technique
    already printed out, but I haven't been able to do it, yet. :-) I have
    been doing *some* of it on some nights to get to sleep even before I saw the
    page and printed it off. It doesn't always work for me though. Just some
    times. My relaxation during the day is being on the computer, but not for
    too long, and laughing a lot, like Moe does. LOL Take care Donna.

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    "Donna G" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Importance of Being Able to Relax
    >
    > Contributor: "Dr. J" Dr. J offers his irreverent, slightly irrelevant,
    > but possibly useful opinions on health and fitness. A Florida surgeon
    > and fitness freak with a black belt in karate, he runs 50 miles a week
    > and flies a Cherokee Arrow 200.
    >
    > Years ago, my father made the quixotic statement to me, "You are wasting
    > your life!"
    >
    > I'm sure he meant it in a well-intentioned, different generation kind of
    > motivating way, and being a rebellious child, it motivated me to my new
    > life's goal, to have "a life well-wasted!"
    >
    > As I pursued my career goals, however, that former goal was lost along
    > the way, probably somewhere between Organic Chemistry and Human Anatomy.
    >
    > I think it's pretty well understood by anyone going into the medical
    > profession that most of our time will be spent either working hard or
    > working harder.
    >
    > Eventually I realized, however, that finding the time to relax, even
    > with a very busy schedule, was so important to living a more balanced,
    > healthy life that the old mantra made a return visit to my thinking,
    > though now in a slightly changed form. I no longer worry about wasting
    > time, because I have come to understand the importance of having time
    > well-wasted!
    >
    > A recent study from the University of Cincinnati's Department of
    > Psychology done by Christina Luberto, a PhD candidate, has looked into
    > the unusual problem of relaxation-induced anxiety (RIA).
    >
    > "Relaxation-induced anxiety, or the paradoxical increase in anxiety as a
    > result of relaxation, is a relatively common occurrence," explains
    > Luberto. "We wanted to develop a test to examine why certain individuals
    > fear relaxation events or sensations associated with taking a time-out
    > just to relax."
    >
    > This led to the Relaxation Sensitivity Index (RSI), to examine the
    > physical, cognitive and social issues surrounding the anxiety seemingly
    > related to being able to just relax. The RSI is a 21-item questionnaire
    > that explores fears related to relaxation anxiety in three key
    > categories:
    >
    > Physical Issues: "It scares me when my breathing becomes deeper; I hate
    > getting massages because of the feeling it creates when my muscles
    > relax."
    >
    > Cognitive Issues: "I don't like to relax because I don't like it when my
    > thoughts slow down; I don't like to relax because it makes me feel out
    > of control."
    >
    > Social Issues: "I worry that when I let my body relax, I'll look
    > unattractive; I worry that if I relax, other people will think I'm
    > lazy."
    >
    > One of the reasons that identifying individuals with RSI has clinical
    > relevance is because the use of relaxation therapies is a very common
    > treatment for many anxiety disorders, and this subset of individuals
    > would not respond favorably to this form of treatment.
    >
    > Learning to waste time well
    >
    > I know that, just as with many lifestyle behaviors, there is a range of
    > healthy when it comes to relaxing. For me, sometimes relaxation comes in
    > the form of what many would consider more intense activities such as the
    > martial arts, playing sports, or flying my plane.
    >
    > However, if you are a person who can't just do nothing and be all right
    > with that, you would be well advised to look further into why this is a
    > struggle for you.
    >
    > Otherwise, I hope you are spending some time wasting your life too. In a
    > good way, of course!
    >
    > .
    > .
    > Donna G.
    > .
    >
    > 1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    > For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    > 5:16-18 NIV )
    >
    > 2) It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
    > - Edmund Hillary
    >
    > 3) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    > call them FRIENDS......
    >


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