Magazine article Psychology Today

The Neurotic's Guide to Relaxation

Magazine article Psychology Today

The Neurotic's Guide to Relaxation

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SO YOU WANT TO CHILL OUT? GO RIGHT AHEAD. NO JUDGMENT HERE; JUST SOME FACTS. by Jason Good

BEND AND STRETCH

People claim yoga is so effective that it can change one's personality. From what I can tell, that mostly means creating an insatiable desire to talk about yoga. Basically it comes down to this: Would you like to be tense and cool, or relaxed and annoying?

SIDE EFFECTS May include wrist soreness, increased body odor, and sudden bouts of accidental farting.

BREAK A SWEAT

How can exercise-which feels terriblemake you so happy later? Perhaps it's just stopping exercise that feels good. Let's put it this way: Say you hit your knee with a drywall hammer. You'll be relieved once the pain goes away. But what if you didn't hit your knee with that hammer? You'd probably feel consistently decent.

SIDE EFFECTS Pulled groin, sprains, blisters, fatigue, anda sticky layer of sweat.

INHALE, EXHALE

Deep breathing might calm you down, but meanwhile you'll appear to others as if you're staving off a homicidal rage. …

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