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Practicing relaxation helps to develop resilience to pressure, both physically and mentally. We each have our own ideas of what we find relaxing. Practicing relaxation techniques regularly provides an opportunity to 'switch off' from anxiety provoking thoughts. As with other skills, the more you practice the easier the task becomes and so you will be better equipped to use relaxation techniques when you most need them.

Relaxation can take many forms. Here are some ideas for methods of relaxation that you may not have tried. Some techniques are reputed to have a variety of health benefits, although more rigorous research is required to confirm these claims. But if your aim is to learn new ways to relax, then trying something new can be fun and, practiced regularly, could help you to mange the pressures of life more effectively.

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years in many cultures. Meditation is used to calm the mind and enter a deeper state of relaxation.

Tai’ chi is a traditional Chinese form of martial arts, using slow controlled movements.

Graduated relaxation follows the principle that muscle tension accompanies feelings of anxiety, so by learning to relax muscle groups you will reduce both physical and mental tension.