Relax: 6 Techniques to Lower Your Stress
Chronic stress can disrupt almost all of your body’s processes and is a factor in heart disease, sleep issues, digestive complications, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and obesity. Daniel Goleman, Harvard-trained psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence, developed Relax, a 45-minute audio program to help listeners effectively and naturally reduce stress.
Recognizing there is no one universal path to stress relief, Dr. Goleman’s guided session offers several exercises to suit a variety of personal preferences:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Deep muscle relaxation techniques
- Guided auto suggestion exercises
- Relaxation countdown
- Breath focus and tension release techniques
- Breath count exercises
“There’s no shortage of stressors in our lives: money, jobs (or lack thereof), health issues, strained relationships and grim news reports from around the world,” says Daniel Goleman. “Our system isn’t programmed to be in constant fight or flight mode. The body needs regular periods of rest and relaxation. These easy-to-use techniques can help you balance your nervous system, feel more relaxed, and better cope with life’s stressful challenges.”
Relax: Daniel Goleman’s Research
Relax: Natural Resources for Stress Management
Relax Sample Guided Exercise
Additional Guided Audio Exercises by Daniel Goleman
Cultivating Focus: Techniques for Excellence is a series of guided exercises to help people of all ages hone their concentration, stay calm and better manage emotions. Dr. Goleman also created Focus for Teens and Focus for Kids: Enhancing Concentration, Caring and Calm.