Looks at how relaxing your mind and body can relieve stress, anxiety, or depression. Offers how-to tips, including practicing mindful meditation, using guided imagery, yoga, or massage. Includes interactive tool to test what you've learned.
Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body
Take a deep breath. Hold it for a
moment, and then exhale. Feel more relaxed? Breathing exercises are one way to
relax. Here you will learn about different ways to relax your mind and body.
Being relaxed can help ease stress. It can also relieve anxiety, depression,
and sleep problems.
To relax means to calm the mind, the body, or
Relaxing can quiet your mind and make you feel peaceful and
calm. Your body also reacts when you relax. For example, your muscles may be
less tense and more flexible.
There are different ways to relax.
You may find one or more ways help to calm you down and feel at peace.
There are lots
of ways to relax. Some ways are designed to relax your mind and some to relax
your body. But because of the way the mind and body are connected, many
relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.
want to try one or more of the following relaxation tips to see what works best
Relaxing the mind
Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing
exercises for relaxation.
Practice mindful meditation. The goal of mindful
meditation is to focus your attention on things that are happening right now in
the present moment. For example, listen to your body. Is your breathing fast,
slow, deep, or shallow? Do you hear noises, such as traffic, or do you hear
only silence? The idea is just to note what is happening without trying to
Try progressive muscle relaxation. This process
involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group. Progressive muscle relaxation
can reduce anxiety and muscle tension. If you have trouble falling asleep, this
method may also help with your sleep problems. When you relax your muscles,
your body gets the signal that it is okay to fall asleep.
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