STEP 2: (GAD) Practice Formal Relaxation Skills I

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Learn how to practice relaxation skills. Cue-controlled deep muscle relaxation, Generalized relaxation and imagery, and acoustic meditation. Expert information, support groups, chat, journals, and support lists.Now you will learn three methods that are useful in learning the general skills of clearing the mind and calming the body. Read these four sections below, then choose among the three techniques for the one that best suits you.

Why learn relaxation?

When a person thinks about a situation related to his anxiety, mental images activate the muscles into particular patterns of tension, as though bracing for a blow to the body. Dr. Edmund Jacobson was the first to propose that physical relaxation and anxiety are mutually exclusive. In other words, if one learns how to recognize which muscle groups are tense and can physically let go of that tension, then he will lower his emotional anxiety at that moment.

In addition, during tense times, these formal relaxation skills will help your body respond more quickly as you practice the Calming Breath (30 seconds) or Calming Counts (90 seconds).

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2009, January 8). STEP 2: (GAD) Practice Formal Relaxation Skills I, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: June 30, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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