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Progressive muscle relaxation is gradually tightening and loosening one muscle group at a time, starting from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. It was invented in the 1930s by Edmund Jacobson as a stress relief technique.
It is important to focus on a single muscle group at a time and ensure that tension is gentle.
Progressive muscle relaxation causes a state of mental calmness which clears your mind. It also helps with balance the autonomic nervous system. This decreases your stress levels and stimulates rest and recovery signals in your body. The mind and voluntary muscles are thought to be linked, so relaxing one relaxes the other.
Very rare increases in anxiety as you become more aware of your body
Rare instances of pain, heart palpitations, and muscle twitching
It should not be used by persons with psychiatric disorders.
Another good technique that has similar benefits is stretching
Try to combine this techniques with relaxing music or sounds to amplify effects
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