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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