Progressive Muscle Relaxation is an easy relaxation technique that is often referred to as simply PMR.
What does PMR do?
PMR can help us notice the difference between tight and relaxed muscles. Sometimes when we experience chronic stress, we aren’t even aware that we are holding our muscles. We have to take action to remind ourselves to let those muscles relax. Practicing PMR can help you be more aware of the differences between tight muscles and relaxed muscles. PMR can also help you let go of those tight muscles.
Some people do PMR to help them fall asleep at night. Some people do PMR to relax them before a test, or public speaking, or anything that might be worrying them.
When You Are Ready:
Make sure you have approximately 15 uninterrupted minutes to experience this relaxation technique. Listen to the audio a few times to become comfortable with the routine. Eventually you can do this on your own. You don’t need to continue using the audio unless you want to use it.