Relaxation Tips

Feeling Stressed?

Making any change in your daily routine can cause a certain amount of stress. Try these techniques for relaxing.

Deep Breathing

  • Sit in a comfortable position
  • Close your eyes
  • Stretch your arms in front of your body
  • Take in a deep breath, inhaling through your nose. At the same time stretch your arms out to your sides as wide as possible.
  • Bring your arms to the front of your body, exhaling through your mouth at the same time.
  • Repeat five times.
  • Go back to normal breathing.
  • Keep your eyes closed. Place your hand over your diaphragm.
  • Inhale through your nose, holding for a count of five.
  • Exhale through your mouth for a count of five.
  • Repeat five times
  • Go back to normal breathing for one minute.
  • Open your eyes, and you will feel very relaxed.

Visualization

  • Think of a negative consequence of smoking.
  • Imagine that consequence for 15 seconds. Really see it in your mind.
  • Deep breath and imagine the scene for another 15 seconds.
  • Now visualize what you want to happen instead. Hold the image for 30 seconds.
  • Deep breath and imagine yourself relaxing in your favorite vacation spot.