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Life can become hectic at times and one of our body’s reactions to stress is to become tense. This can lead to aches and pains and cause people to feel exhausted. In addition, muscle tension can make us feel irritable and contribute to feelings such as anxiety, anger, disturbed sleep, and even depression.

Relaxation can help the body and mind cope with stress more effectively. If practiced regularly, relaxation can help a person feel calmer and perform more effectively throughout the day.

  • Progressive-Muscular Relaxation (PMR) – a structured technique involving alternatively tensing then relaxing the muscles to release muscular tension
  • Controlled diaphragmatic breathing – a technique aimed at correcting the breathing pattern by learning how to expand diaphragm rather than the chest when breathing
  • Meditation – is about training in awareness and getting perspective. It’s a process where you turn inward and become aware of thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and learn how to observe them without judgement.