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Relaxation Exercises

Research shows that facing stress is much healthier than running away from it. Relaxation exercises are designed using psychological theories. They are created to help you tackle your stress head on, rather than avoid or ignore it.

These techniques help you learn how to relax your body and mind. They are simple and easy to do every day on your own - especially when you experience stress. Remember, stress is incompatible with relaxation. You can’t feel both at the same time.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when doing these exercises:

Below is a list of highly effective relaxation techniques. The links include brief information on each exercise and an audio clip to guide you through the technique.

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.