Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation can help you look after yourself when you're feeling stressed or worried. Staying calm is important as it helps when having conversations or dealing with difficult situations. 

Why not try these relaxation routines and see how relaxation can fit into your daily life.

If you find it difficult or stay calm we can help.

Relaxed Breathing

When we are anxious or threatened our breathing speeds up in order to get our body ready for danger. Relaxed breathing (sometimes called abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing) signals the body that it is safe to relax.


Relaxed Breathing.pdf [pdf] 141KB

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Our bodies respond automatically to stressful situations and thoughts by becoming tense. The opposite relationship also works: a good way of relaxing the mind is to deliberately relax the body.

In a progressive muscle relaxation each muscle group is tensed in turn, and the tension is then released. This relaxes the muscles and allows you to notice the contrast between tension and relaxation.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation.pdf [pdf] 439KB

Relaxation Audio

Deep Relaxation 
Quick Relaxation