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    relax yourself/your body/your mind

    I read the Chinese translation of the book 'OVERSEAS STUDENTS' COMPANION TO ENGLISH STUDIES' (by J. P. Heaton and J. B. Stocks, published in 1966), which tells the readers not to say 'relax yourself/your mind/your body'. But in China many people say these are correct constructions. What would native speakers think of these phrases?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: relax yourself/your body/your mind

    I wouldn't use them. Relax yourself sounds wrong to me and the others are just not very natural IMO.

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    Re: relax yourself/your body/your mind

    "Relax yourself" sounds unnatural to me too, but I don't think there's too much wrong with "Relax your mind" and "Relax your body". I've heard both used, especially in relation to, for example, yoga holidays or similar. In the final five-minute cool-down section of my exercise/yoga classes, the instructor used to say "Now just relax everything, your mind, your body and just float off into your own little world".

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