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    Relax: Techniques to help you achieve tranquility
    From MayoClinic.com

    You may think that taking a few minutes to unwind at the end of the day is all the relaxation you need. Unfortunately, a few minutes won't provide the stress-reducing benefits of deep relaxation.

    When you truly relax, you eliminate tension from your body and your mind. And if you're experiencing a lot of stress in your life, you need to make time to relax. Otherwise, the negative effects of your body's stress response — which may include headaches, insomnia or increased risk of heart disease — can harm your health.

    Learning to relax doesn't have to be difficult. Try some simple techniques to get started on your way to tranquility and the health benefits it provides.

    Why relax?
    With so many things to do, it's easy to put off taking time to relax each day. But in doing so, you miss out on the health benefits of relaxation. Relaxation can improve how your body responds to stress by:

    Slowing your heart rate, meaning less work for your heart
    Reducing blood pressure
    Slowing your breathing rate
    Reducing the need for oxygen
    Increasing blood flow to the major muscles
    Lessening muscle tension

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