Autogenic training is the best-kept secret to relaxation and combating stress. The technique incorporates repetitious visualization techniques to invoke almost a self-hypnotic state, triggering relaxation. It takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes to perform but the benefits speak for themselves. Learning a technique such as this one, can help you cope with life’s daily stressors.
Through its ability to completely relax a person engaging in autogenic training, benefits include: relief from anxiety, depression, back pain, headaches, migraines IBS, fatigue and insomnia. It also enhances overall sleep quality and overall performance in work and everyday life! Basically, you are missing out on this easy relaxation technique.
How does this simple technique do all this?
Simple, the answer is that it induces a little something called the relaxation response. This response releases chemicals in your brain that directly counteracts the nasty stress hormones. Meaning, the response slows your heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, slows your breathing, it brings your body back to its pre-stressed state.
Check it out for yourself
Whether you’re looking for a clearer head for finals or to decompress after a long day, autogenic training can help it all. See for yourself and try it out with the YouTube video below! And don’t feel obligated to finish it to the end, even 10 minutes of the video will help relax!
Article written by GUADS staff member, Jennie.