Relaxation skills

This is an introduction to the topic of relaxation including practical relaxation exercises, guided by the facilitator, so participants can experience varying methods of relaxation.

Stress and anxiety are common features of life, keeping us all in an exhausting state of psychological and physical tension. An effective way to reduce this tension is through relaxation.

Relaxation is not just something that happens to us. By understanding more about it and learning simple but effective techniques we can choose to enter a more relaxed state of mind and body, irrespective of the difficulties facing us.

Key topics covered:

  • About ‘fight or flight’: our response to stress and why it feels so unpleasant.
  • About relaxation: what it is and how it benefits us.
  • Relaxation techniques: a series of easy exercises to help achieve consistent and comfortable relaxation.

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Self-help videos:

We also have a variety of self-help videos available that focus on a range of topics including stress, sleep, nature and wellbeing, tips for healthcare staff and mindfulness. Click here for more information about our self-help videos.