Why is relaxation practice important?

Scheduling time to relax in your daily or weekly routine is important. Relaxation can be formal, such as guided relaxation practice, or informal, such as watching football or listening to music. Formal relaxation practice helps to:

  • Increase your metabolism.
  • Slow your heart beat.
  • Relax your muscles.
  • Slow your breathing.
  • Lower your blood pressure.

If you are interested in finding out more about formal relaxation practice, ask your pulmonary rehabilitation co-ordinator for a tip sheet on relaxation. You can also find CDs in bookstores or in your local library or audio downloads on the internet that will guide you through different types of formal relaxation exercises.