Your First Line of Defense
  • Martin Shaffer


Learning about stress and how to cope with its effects takes time. We need time to learn, time to observe, time to analyze, and time to change and grow. Yet while all this learning, insight, and growth take place, stress continues to affect us. Stressors continue to be identified by the mind, and alarm reactions are triggered, persisting perhaps to the stage of resistance or even exhaustion. Clearly, there is a need for stress-reduction strategies that are effective and easy to use, strategies that we can use at any time, even before we have learned other, more sophisticated methods for controlling or even eliminating stress. Fortunately, such a simple and effective stress-reduction strategy is readily available: It is called relaxation.


Muscle Group Relaxation Response Back Muscle Press Tongue Comfortable Position 
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