Various relaxation techniques are helpful and effective in reducing anxiety, depression, irritability, muscle tension, fatigue, and daily life stress. There are many ways to practice relaxation. What works for one person may not work for another. Forms of relaxation include:
- Breathing Exercises
- Grounding Exercises
- Doing something creative
- Practicing Mindfulness
- Going for a walk
- Listening to music
- Guided Meditation
- Enjoying nature
Remember, learning relaxation is a skill, just like any other skill. It will take time and practice. Below you will find links to videos of relaxation techniques provided by Counseling and Psychological Services. These videos can also be found on our Facebook and Instagram page.
Resources for Relaxation:
- Basics of Mindfulness with Dr. Erin Smith - A brief overview of Mindfulness.
- Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Erin Smith - A mindfulness activity that focuses on breathing.
- Defusing From Your Thoughts with practicum student Kirstie Herb Neff, MS, TLLP - A guided meditation to let go of your distressing thoughts.
- Gratitude Meditation with Dr. Ali Siewert - An opportunity to slow down and practice gratitude.