Relaxation exercises can be greatly beneficial in times of stress and anxiety. When you're feeling uptight and nervous, these exercises can help you to calm down and relax. These relaxation techniques for anxiety can be useful, particularly considering that they can be performed without anyone even noticing. It is important, during these exercises, that you pay attention to your muscles. Note when they are tight and also when they are relaxed or loose. The more you practice these exercises, the better you will feel.
Find a comfortable chair and make yourself as comfortable as you can. Put both feet on the floor and let the arms hang freely. For the hands and arms exercise, pretend that you have a whole lemon in your left hand. Then, try to squeeze all the juice out of the lemon. Make sure that you pay attention to how the muscles feel during the relaxation phase. Squeeze another lemon. Try to squeeze the lemon harder than the first one. Drop the lemon and relax. Take care to note how good the hand and arm feel when they are relaxed. Repeat the process on the other hand.
For the arm and shoulder exercises, it might be helpful to imagine that you are a lazy, furry cat. Stretch out the arms in front of you and raise them high over the head. Try to feel the pull in your shoulders, before letting the arms drop back to your side. Stretch out the arms again, before raising them above your head. Pull them backwards, and pull hard before dropping them quickly. Next, try to get a huge big stretch and try to touch the ceiling. Note the tension and pull in the arms and shoulders.
The jaw exercises require you to imagine that you have a giant jawbreaker bubble gum in your mouth. Bite down hard on the imaginary bubble gum. Then, loosen the jaw. Bite down again, before once more relaxing. Hang your jaw loose, before biting down hard for the final time. After relaxing for the final time, try to loosen out and relax your whole body.
Face and nose exercises can be great for reducing stress and encouraging relaxation. Wrinkle up your nose as much as possible, making as many wrinkles as possible. Make sure to also scrunch up your cheeks and chin and forehead. Eyes should also be scrunched up. When you relax, make sure to try to relax your whole body as well.