Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Stay still and just breathe quietly for a few moments. Pay attention and notice if any muscles are still tense. If so, relax that muscle group again, two or three times in a row. The more you practice this technique the more aware you will become of the tension and relaxation. You learn not only how to relax, but also to recognize when the tension starts up at any point in your day.
Note: When doing this technique you should not feel any intense discomfort or shooting pain. Be gentle with yourself. If you have chronic pain, pulled muscles, broken bones, or other medical issues, check with your doctor before beginning.
Read about another relaxation technique for the head and back.
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