Most Empaths know when they are experiencing stress, but they may have no idea how much of this stress is held within their muscles, which can cause problems…
Our muscles are constantly stimulated through the stresses of modern life, and are often in a near constant state of contraction. Because of this, even in sleep, the muscles don’t fully relax… Which, as you can probably imagine, is not good for Empath stress or overwhelm!
Even when we think we are relaxing, we often aren’t. The TV programs we watch in the evening can have the effect of firing up the mind, which stimulates the muscles, further tensing them, and even reading certain books can put the nerves (and muscles) on edge.
That’s not to mention how the pained emotions, either your own or those you pick up throughout the day from others, are stored within the muscles.
Stressed Muscles Leads to a Stressed Empath Mind!
Whilst reading this you will be holding tension somewhere in your body. Your forehead might be rouched, your eyes might be squinting, your shoulders might be hunched or your wrists extended back, your legs, hips or back might be in an awkward position, all creating pressure in your muscles and joints.
We could go through the entire body, but I think it’s safe to say you are holding muscle tension somewhere.
So Why is This Such a Bad Thing?
When your muscles are constantly contracted, they are fuelling the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). Not only is this depleting the body of vital energy, that most can ill-afford to lose, but it is also prematurely ageing, it raises blood pressure, lowers the immune system and unnecessarily heightens Empath stress.
What To Do About It
By training the muscles to soften and loosen, through relaxation, it switches on the parasympathetic nervous system. This in turn, slows the breathing, lowers blood pressure, initiates deep relaxation of body and mind, and allows healing to occur.
One of the best and easiest ways to get a muscle to relax is to tense it first.
If you’ve ever been in a yoga class and the teacher asked you to tense all the muscles in your body before relaxation, it was to aid in releasing any held tension and to allow you to relax more deeply. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Reduces fatigue
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts the immune system
- Induces restful sleep
- Allows for muscle regeneration
- Switches on the parasympathetic nervous system
- Promotes mind stillness
- Aides in general well-being.
It is said that the relaxation, at the end of a yoga class, is the most beneficial part of the practice. Not only is it time for the body to rest, but it’s the time the benefits of yoga practise are fully integrated.
Relaxation can be done at anytime of day but it is great to do at bedtime or after exercise.
Here’s an Easy Muscle-Tensing Technique:
- Lie on the floor or a bed (for anyone suffering back problems: a bolster or cushion under the knees is helpful).
- Starting at the feet, tense them for five to ten seconds then release.
- Work up through the limbs, torso and face, tensing and relaxing each body part in turn (great distraction for the mind if you can’t sleep).
- Finally, clench the body tight for five to tense seconds, then completely relax and go floppy.
- Stay for a while in this deep state of stillness.
If time is short, you could tense the lower part of the body first, then the upper half, finishing on the face.
Not only does the above exercise promote relaxation but it also aids in stilling the mind.
If, as an Empath, you suffer any kind of stress conditions or chronic fatigue, doing full-body muscle tensing and relaxation is a great help to your overall well-being.
So, now you have no excuse not to spend more time relaxing. Give yourself permission to switch off and chill those muscles. It is super-beneficial for a happy, healthy life.…
If you are suffering a lot of emotional stress, you may find this post on Essential Oils for the Empath beneficial.
Until next time
©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered