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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

One way our bodies respond to anxiety is with muscle tension. This type of physical stress reaction intensifies our overall experience of anxiety. On the positive side, creating physiological relaxation leads to psychological relaxation.

In this exercise, you will:


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This program was designed in 2013 by Santa Clara University Counseling & Psychological Services. To use any material from this site, you must seek permission from the Cowell Center Director.