In a day when millions of dollars are spent on tranquilizing drugs for the release of tensions, there is a brave author who puts out a book with the title "Teach Yourself to Relax."
No attempt is made to compete with the prescribing of medicines for the attainment of calmness of mind and body - they are left to the doctor's sphere.
The writer otters additional methods, and maintains that human affairs, to produce a measure of happiness, must have a balanced relation between four elements - work, play, love and worship. Strike a fair balance between those four and you will have a fair chance of being content, is her theme.
There is nothing new about the wise saying that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"; but if your physical tiredness is so great that sleep does not come to you, the author recommends various methods of relaxing the body. The mind also can be relieved of tensions.
Perhaps the greatest cause of mental unbalance comes from being self-centered. Hypertension people are almost without exception too concerned with themselves - their conflict with social forces brings a feeling of insecurity and over-tension. They need to see that their own over coming of anxiety, fear, depression or despair helps others similarly affected - it is abnormal to fight just for one's small self.
As to release of bodily tensions, a reasonable amount of wholesome activity, done cheerfully and avoiding excesses, and to be continued throughout life, is necessary. It should not be done at the expense of others but with a realization of their need also. Moving out from a little self to a larger self in all you do enables you to breathe a fresher mental as well as a physical air, and is a definite release of tension, she says.
The latter half of the book offers many relaxing techniques - how to beat a common bugaboo, insomnia; how to take a relaxing bath; how much water to drink and why; how to release the arms, the legs, the breathing, the forehead, the eyes, the neck, the organs of speech. Altogether it is a cheerful, practical and kindly book, written by an experienced teacher.
Emotional problems and negative attitudes adversely affect both body and mind and energy conserving techniques and personal skills such as relaxing bubble bath, relaxation, positive thinking, and communication assisted greatly in helping to maintain a physical and emotional balance in times of need.