The ability to relax isimportant in effectively managing stress and anxiety. When we feelstressed, our bodies react with what is called the “fight or flight”response. Our muscles become tense, our heart and respiration ratesincrease, and other physiological systems become taxed. Without theability to relax, chronic stress or anxiety can lead to burnout, anger,irritability, depression, medical problems, and more.
Allowing yourself to deeplyrelax is the exact opposite of the “fight or flight” response. In 1975,Herbert Benson described what he referred to as the “relaxationresponse.” This is the body’s ability to experience a decrease in heartrate, respiration rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and oxygenconsumption.
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