Reduce tension through muscle relaxation

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Progressive muscle relaxation can reduce muscle tension from stress. First, find a quiet place free from interruption. Tense each muscle group for about five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds. Repeat before moving to the next muscle group. Practice this technique any time you feel stress.

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April 28, 2022 See more In-depth