Getting confidence by getting more worked up

clenched fistWorked up? Well, sort of.  I’m thinking of how you tighten your muscles in Progressive Muscle Relaxation? (Let’s call it PMR for short.)

This is a pretty short article because, frankly, it doesn’t take much explaining.  Just do it. 🙂
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What’s PMR?

There are lots of systems, definitions and so on, but according to the first Google definition for scripts, PMR is “Progressive muscle relaxation is an exercise that relaxes your mind and body by progressively tensing and relaxation muscle groups throughout your entire body. You will tense each muscle group vigorously, but without straining, and then suddenly release the tension and feel the muscle relax.

That description is taken from this script. If you’re not keen on that one, just do a search online. You’ll get a lot of different variations to pick from. 🙂

What it boils down to, however, is that you tighten up the muscles in one, specific part of your body, hold it for a short while, consciously relax it, and then move on to the next part of your body. And by ‘specific part of your body’ I mean things like, your right hand, or your left calf.

I found it took some time the first time – and some practice – but now I can get it done in just a few minutes.  Of course, the first few times you do it, you should make sure you’re in ideal circumstances… warm, comfortable and not going to be interrupted! But once you’ve got the knack of it, you can do it almost anywhere.

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What are the advantages of PMR?

Put simply, it relaxes you. Yes, it’s that simple.

There’s plenty of research, looking at things like students taking exams and other things that generally freak people out, that a quick PMR can help – and help a lot.

And it’s not just immediately before the ‘event’ either; PMR can help as part of an ongoing program.

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I’ve found PMR to be pretty good.  I’ve also found that it works best, for me, if it’s combined with some music that I like. I have an eclectic taste in music but for this particular thing, I find that some light, uptempo classical must is the idea compromise between chill-out and keeping me interested.  Some Bach or Vivaldi works wonders. But YMMV!  🙂

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