Relaxation is a skill that requires some know how and a little practice. Fortunately, it is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice. Relaxation exercises typically involve learning how to breathe properly, letting go of physical tension, and clearing unpleasant, intrusive thoughts from the mind.
The benefits of practicing relaxation exercises are invaluable. Relaxation exercises help to relieve stress, which can contribute to physical ailments. They can also decrease anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. These exercises can increase mental clarity and ability to focus.
The links provided at the bottom of this page will take you to a variety of different relaxation exercises. Some include MP3s, which can be downloaded and will guide you through specific exercises. Others have written instructions that you can follow to achieve a relaxed state.