Relaxation Exercise to Reduce Stress

Step 1- Relaxation of Body

Tense up the following body parts and then release them completely until these parts hang from your body like a rag doll's would.

  1. Tighten, but not strain, the body parts in the order listed below for a slow count of five.
  2. Release completely (rag-doll feeling) for a count of ten. Breath deeply and slowly.
  3. If you are not sure a body part is relaxed, then tighten it and then release it.
* feet, ankles, calves, thighs, and buttocks

* lower back, stomach, and chest

* shoulders, biceps, forearms, and hands

* neck, scalp, forehead, and mouth

Step 2 - Relaxation of Mind

When your body is completely relaxed, see yourself in a place that will bring you peace.

Spend about five to fifteen minutes of total peace and relaxation there.



Christ-Centered Counseling for A Better Life (1999). Annette Nay, Ph.D.,  Cedar City, UT: Discovery Publishing.

Weisinger, Henrie (1985). Dr. Weisinger's Anger Workout Book. NY:NY, Quill Publishing Co.

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