What is Relaxation?

Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation is the act of relaxing the mind and body.

During a relaxation exercise (such as progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, meditation, or another relaxation technique) muscle tension decreases, blood pressure goes down, the mind becomes calm, and the harmful effects of prolonged stress are counteracted.

Learning how to relax, as a way to reduce stress and anxiety and to promote good sleep, is a key life skill.