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A Swedish expert guides us through an anxiety-reducing exercise called Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR).
PMR can help us recognize the difference between a tense muscle and a relaxed muscle.
PMR is particularly useful in improving the quality of our sleep.
If you're feeling stressed out or struggling with rest or sleep, letting go of the physical tension you carry in your body can help.
Jenni O'Donnell, Psy.D., medical director for behavioral health integration at Swedish, guides us through an anxiety-reducing exercise called Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), a technique involving alternating tension and relaxation all the body's major muscle groups.
Practicing PMR can help us recognize how relaxed muscles feel different from tense muscles. It can also give us a better sense of control over our anxiety response. The technique helps focus on relaxation, which is particularly useful for getting better quality, more restful sleep.
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