A relaxed state has many physiological and psychological benefits that counter behavior and mood problems, such as:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Increasing the blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration
- Reducing anger and frustration and improving mood
As such, relaxation works against worry and stressful thoughts and feelings, which often compel us to act inappropriately. As a person caring for a mentally ill person in your family, work, or social circle, you want to reflect a positive and stabilizing attitude back. Any negative feedback (e.g. anxiety, mood swings, anger, and frustration) causes a negative response, which harms the relationship and deepens the cycle of mental illness. In contrast, when you are relaxed, a much more positive feedback is likely. You will be more patient, sympathetic, supportive, and encouraging, which is both soothing and empowering to the other person.
Therefore, it is very important to make time to relax and the two exercises in the next section are designed to help you plan, organize, and balance your activities.