“Progressive relaxation” is a popular exercise used by physical therapists to help release any extra stress, anxiety, and tension that is pent up in your body, muscles, and joints.
In one recent study it was found that progressive relaxation can help reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as improve quality of life in individuals with schizophrenia. In another study it was found that progressive relaxation can reduce feelings of depression, confusion, and tension in young soccer players.
Often stress can have both mental and physical components. We may think the stress of a relationship, or job, or bad experience is only something that lives in our minds, but we also carry it around in our bodies as well.
This exercise focuses specifically on the physical components of stress and how it lays dormant in our bodies – by practicing this exercise it will help both your body and mind become more relaxed.