Try This Muscle Relaxation Technique for Immediate Stress Relief

If you’re feeling stressed out right now, give this progressive muscle relaxation a try.

Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I take a five-minute break to practice this technique.

All you need to do is lie down and feel.

Here’s the technique step-by-step. If you like, give it a try right now to feel relaxed and refreshed in just a few minutes.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation


1. Lie on your back, on your bed or another comfortable spot, and close your eyes.


2. Feel your feet. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and sink into the bed. Start with your toes and progress to your ankles.


3. Feel your knees. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


4. Feel your upper legs and thighs. Feel their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


5. Feel your abdomen and chest. Sense your breathing. Consciously will them to relax. Deepen your breathing slightly and feel your abdomen and chest sink into the bed.


6. Feel your buttocks. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


7. Feel your hands. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


8. Feel your upper arms. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


9. Feel your shoulders. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


10. Feel your neck. Sense its weight. Consciously relax it and feel it sink into the bed.


11. Feel your head and skull. Sense their weight. Consciously relax them and feel them sink into the bed.


12. Feel your mouth and jaw. Consciously relax them. Pay particular attention to your jaw muscles and unclench them if you need to. Feel your mouth and jaw relax and sink into the bed.


13. Feel your eyes. Sense if there is tension in your eyes. Sense if you are forcibly closing your eyelids. Consciously relax your eyelids and feel the tension slide off the eyes.


14. Feel your face and cheeks. Consciously relax them and feel the tension slide off into the bed.


15. Mentally scan your body. If you find any place that is still tense, then consciously relax that place and let it sink into the bed.


Bonus Tip:
It can be hard to follow these steps and remain relaxed when you’re constantly checking the list of steps, so let someone talk you through it instead.  Or you can download a free, step-by-step audio guide on this website.

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Filed Under: Emotions, General Health
Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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