Stress and illness affect the body in many ways. Over time, dealing with stress and illness can cause chronic muscle tension and worry. Regularly practicing relaxation techniques can help you learn how to relax your body and mind.
Some techniques, like relaxation breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and autogenics, are aimed at relaxing the body. If you practice them, you will begin to be able to relax your body more effectively.
Other techniques, like imagery, help to quiet the mind through pleasant thoughts and distraction. Relaxation exercises are used in medical and psychological settings around the world to help people learn how to get better control over their tension.
Healthcare professionals may like to share with their patients our Patient Information Handout which describes relaxation and its value.