Our Boulder Counseling Services Teach Relaxation Techniques

Research shows us that there are several different relaxation techniques that can help us not only reduce stress but also several of the symptoms associated with mental health disorders. Our counseling services in Boulder have helped countless students who suffer from stress, as well as mental health disorders, and we can help you, too. Today, we’re going to take a look at some simple techniques you can practice when you’re experiencing stress during class, at work, while studying, or when trying to fall asleep.

Relaxing Breathing Exercises

Put one hand on your stomach right below your rib cage while inhaling slowly and deeply through your nose. Your chest should still move slightly, but your stomach should be rising slowly as you inhale and pushing your hand up. As you exhale your breath, try to image your entire body becoming limp and loose and just letting go. A good rule of thumb is to exhale twice as long as it takes you to inhale. Practicing this breathing exercise three times a day for two or three minutes can really help your stress levels.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This technique allows you to pay a mental visit to the muscles in your body. While inhaling and exhaling slowly, mentally scan your body from your head to toe. Stop at each area of your body and pay attention to the areas where tension exists. As you stop to acknowledge these areas, practice tensing and relaxing each muscle. This will help release all of that unnecessary tension that you’re holding in your muscles.

Our Boulder Counseling Services Support Students

Mental health is important, especially in college students. If you’re looking for ways to manage your stress or if you’re having trouble relaxing, give us a call! We’re here to help.