Progressive muscle relaxation can reduce muscle tension from stress. First, find a quiet place free from interruption. Tense each muscle group for about five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds. Repeat before moving to the next muscle group. Practice this technique any time you feel stress.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that uses slow, gentle, dance-like movements to encourage relaxation, improve balance, and strengthen muscles and joints. You don't need special clothing or equipment to do tai chi. Look for tai chi classes at your local community education center, senior center or health club.
See why tai chi is often described as meditation in motion and why it's used for stress relief.
Meditation — Spend a few minutes on stress reduction with this guided meditation video.
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Learn how to use relaxation techniques to reduce stress and bring more calm into your life.