Mental Well-Being

Relaxation Techniques Increase Well-Being

Relaxation is more than a state of mind; it physically changes the way your body functions. When your body is relaxed, breathing slows, blood pressure and oxygen consumption decrease, and some people report an increased sense of well-being. This is called the “relaxation response.”

Being able to produce the relaxation response using relaxation techniques may counteract the effects of long-term stress, which may contribute to or worsen a range of health problems including depression, digestive disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, and insomnia.

Indiana University offers Mindful Way to Stress Reduction on many campuses. This program focuses on:

  • Recognizing and addressing stressful situations effectively “on the spot.”
  • Managing chronic stress.
  • Improving focus and communication.
  • Enhancing mind-body wellness.

You can also take this online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course for free.

Try it!

Take a moment for mindfulness — Below are a few short guided meditations that can help you ease into mindfulness, brought to you by Mindful Way to Stress Reduction Instructors Linda Brown, PhD, HSPP (IU Bloomington) and Scott Sweet, LCSW, LCAC, MSW (IUPUI). Check out programs on your campus to see what Mindfulness offerings are available.

Before you start, make sure you are comfortable and in a place where you won’t be interrupted. These mindfulness moments may be most effective when practiced regularly and combined with good nutrition, regular exercise, and a strong social support system.

Learn more about mindfulness here.

Understanding and Treatment of Mental Illnesses

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The following links can help you learn more.

Overview: National Institute of Mental Health

Self Assessment: Mind Your Health offers mental health screening tools for anxiety, bi-polar, PTSD and depression.

Stigma Free: Are you stigma free? See the person, not the condition.

Full-time academic and staff employees and their household members can also schedule counseling or other treatment through Indiana University's Employee Assistance Program.