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How to Relax Your Muscles During a Stressful Time

Stress can resonate in your body in various forms. It can come in the form of aggressiveness, depression, anxiety, or trauma. One of the most effective way to reduce stress in your body is to relax your muscles. However, it’s not that simple. To achieve maximum relaxation it’s important to follow a certain relaxation technique. Progressive muscle relaxation is a method that helps relieve stress.

What Is Progressive Muscle Relaxation

  • Progressive muscle relaxation is a process of relaxation that targets your muscle group & allows you work on your muscle groups in a certain order.
  • Few weeks into practicing progressive muscle relaxation will improve your stress levels.
  • Try to perform this activity while using an audio recording until you learn all the muscle groups in order.
  • If you have trouble falling asleep, this method may help improve sleep.

How To Relax Muscles With Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Select a particular audio track for a certain muscle group to speed up your learning process for this method. Choosing an isolated place with minimum distraction can also have a positive effect on the outcome. Follow these steps to benefit from this activity.

  1. Start by breathing in, and tensing the first muscle group (hard but not to the point of pain or cramping) for 5 to 10 seconds.
  2. Breathe out, and suddenly and completely relax the muscle group (do not relax it gradually).
  3. Relax for 10 to 20 seconds before you work on the next muscle group. Notice the difference between how the muscles feel when they are tense and how they feel when they are relaxed.
  4. When you are finished with all of the muscle groups, count backward from 5 to 1 to bring your focus back to the present.

After you have learned how to contract and relax each muscle group, you can easily release stress from any muscle group without going through the whole routine.

Sometimes it’s difficult for an individual to accurately follow this relaxation technique. Alchemical Center of Change offers programs that help with managing stress.