One of the emotion regulation tools to add to your toolkit of methods to ease anxiety, is Progressive Muscle Relaxation. PMR can help ease anxiety by promoting physical relaxation, which in turn can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. By becoming more aware of muscle tension and learning to consciously release it, you can experience a sense of calmness and relief from the physical discomfort anxiety can create. It can also help interrupt the body’s stress response, leading to a decrease in physiological symptoms associated with anxiety, such as increased heart rate and muscle tension or those feelings of heaviness that can be so common. PMR can bring such a wonderful relaxation, a total letting go into just being present in the moment which can be such a relief when you’ve been left run ragged by the busyness of the day.

Use the recording below on a regular basis to learn this simple yet effective technique for managing anxiety and promoting overall well-being. It will teach your body and mind to let go more readily, so you don’t need to reserve this practice just when you’re feeling tense or anxious. Doing this regularly will naturally help you to cultivate feelings of relaxation and calm.