This Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique Will Help You De-Stress
It's like slipping into a warm bubble bath—but you can do it anywhere, anytime.
Stress happens. But once that stress starts having physical repercussions-keeping you up at night, skin breakouts, achy muscles, and headaches from chronic tension-it's time to address it. (You might be suffering from iceberg stress.)
Luckily there are a few easy techniques you can use to minimize the effect of stress on your body. Meet progressive muscle relaxation, your new de-stressing best friend. This technique will help you release tension to instantly feel more calm and relaxed. It can be done anywhere that you can sit in a comfortable chair-so if you need an SOS during the workday or a crazy commute, this can be your savior. However, you'll likely reap the most de-stressing benefits if you do it while lying down. (Try using it to fall asleep more easily.)
Follow along with Catherine Wikholm, a clinical psychologist in London and author of The Buddha Pill, who will lead you through a seven-minute practice to relax and de-stress your entire body.
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