The ability to relax is important in effectively managing stress and anxiety. When we feel stress, our bodies react with the "fight or flight" response. Our muscles tense, our heart and respiration rates increase, and other physiological systems become taxed. Chronic stress or anxiety can lead to burnout, anger, irritability, depression, medical problems and more. Allowing yourself to relax is the opposite of the "fight or flight" response. You can create a "relaxation" response and decrease your heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and oxygen consumption.
Please try one of the relaxation exercises below. You'll be surprised to find that you can feel calmer in just a few minutes.