Release Only Relaxation

Now that you've felt the difference between tensing and relaxing each muscle group, you're ready to move on to the next stage of applied relaxation training. As you might guess from its name, release-only relaxation cuts out the first step in progressive muscle relaxation the tensing step. This means that you can cut the time down by half (or more) that you need to achieve deep relaxation in each muscle group. With practice, you'll find that mental focus alone is enough to drain your muscles of...

Symptom Effectiveness Chart

Chapter titles for each stress reduction method are listed across the top, and typical stress-related symptom are listed down the side. The most effective techniques for a particular symptoms are marked with a boldface X, while other helpful techniques for that same symptom are indicated by a lighter x. Anxiety in specific situations (tests, deadlines, interviews, etc.) Anxiety in your personal relationships (spouse, parents, children, etc.) Anxiety, general (regardless of the situation or the...