Todays relaxation technique is one that I learned from an old roommate of mine, he used to perform this technique when he couldn’t fall asleep. This is a great exercise for marijuana withdrawal when you have insomnia. I struggle with insomnia when during the first couple days that I stop smoking weed.
The exercise is called “Muscle Tension and Relaxation”. It is very easy to do – you simply tense up, then relax certain muscle groups in your body.
If you practice this regularly, you will get to know your body better and have a good understanding what tension and relaxation feel like in your body. Relaxing your body also helps to relax your mind. You can combine this exercise with deep breathing to get rid of any more stress.
I like to start at the feet, then work their way up to the face. The exercise is the same for each body part
- Get comfortable.
- Take a moment to relax, breathing in and out in slow, deep breaths.
- Once relaxed, shift your attention to your right foot. Feel your awareness in your foot then slowly tense the muscles. Squeeze as tightly as you can while counting to 10.
- Relax your right foot. Feel the tension flowing away from your foot as it becomes limp, loose and relaxed.
- Take a deep breath and continue to relax your foot.
- Follow the same sequence for your left foot.
Starting from the feet, move slowly up each muscle group in your body. Here is an example pattern:
- Right / Left Foot
- Right calf / Left calf
- Right thigh /Left thigh
- Hips and buttocks
- Stomach / Abdominals
- Lower Back
- Upper Back and Trapezoids
- Right / Left Arm and Hand
- Neck and shoulders
I hope you enjoy this exercise and it helps you get to sleep when you are going through marijuana withdrawal. Insomnia is very common when you quit, so remember you are not alone and you can be proactive when dealing with insomnia, anxiety, or other weed withdrawal issues.