This relaxation technique drains physical tension and turns emotional turmoil into inner stillness. Rest in a comfortable position with eyes closed. Alternately tense (10 seconds) then relax (20 seconds) each body segment sequentially. Tense and relax feet, legs, torso, arms, shoulders and neck, and finally your face. Enjoy the tingly warmth that results. The more you practice, the more it helps.
HELPFUL HINTS: Set aside about 15 minutes to complete this exercise.
A).Find a place where you can complete this exercise without being disturbed.
B). For the first week or two, practice this exercise twice a day until you get the hang of it. The better you become at it, the quicker the relaxation response will “kick in” when you really need it!
C). You do not need to be feeling anxious when you practice this exercise. In fact, it is better to first practice it when you are calm. That way, it will be easier to do when feeling anxious.