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Take a deep breath. Hold it for a
moment, and then exhale. Feel more relaxed? Breathing exercises are one way to
relax. Here you will learn about different ways to relax your mind and body.
Being relaxed can help ease stress. It can also relieve anxiety, depression,
and sleep problems.
There are lots
of ways to relax. Some ways are designed to relax your mind and some to relax
your body. But because of the way the mind and body are connected, many
relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.
want to try one or more of the following relaxation tips to see what works best
Other Works Consulted
Anspaugh DJ, et al. (2011). Coping with and managing stress. In Wellness: Concepts and Applications, 8th ed., pp. 307–340. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Freeman L (2009). Relaxation therapy. In Mosby's Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Research-Based Approach, 3rd ed., pp. 129–157. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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