A relaxation technique (also known as relaxation training) is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, lower blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.
Different relaxation techniques work better for different people such as:
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Breathing Exercises- Equal breathing, abdominal breathing
- Count backwards
- Creative visualisation
- Mandala circles
- Wipe negative thoughts
- Start positive affirmations
One can combine several techniques taking the best of each to help create one effective strategy.