Deep Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
Physiological changes occur in your body when you are stressed. Back in the "caveman" days when people had to fend for themselves, their bodies went through physiological changes to help prepare for either "fight or flight." Today we don't have to worry about the saber tooth tiger, yet the "fight or flight" response gets triggered when faced with common student experiences, such as an exam, a relationship breakup or a job search. While these experiences don't pose an immediate physical danger, your bodies still respond in a way that is focused on survival. Learning strategies to relax your mind and body can help you manage the stress better.
- Arizona State University, Virtual Counseling Center
This site includes downloadable relaxation training exercises
- Davis, M., Robbins Eshelman, E., McKay, M. 2000. The relaxation & stress reduction workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.