Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is the antidote to stress. Relaxation techniques are a life skill that can significantly help to reduce your stress and anxiety levels and improve your life satisfaction and happiness.

Release stress and tension

In the hectic world we live in, we often don’t realise how stressed and tired we have become and how tense our bodies are.

Feeling constantly ‘on edge’ leads to muscle tension, fatigue, aches and pains. The tools on this page will help you feel calmer and release tension from your body.

Although simple, the tools require commitment from you for maximum benefit. When you’re starting out it’s a good idea to use these tools when your stress or anxiety isn't too overwhelming.

Once you’ve learned the skills you can apply them to more troubling situations. With practice, you’ll be able to apply these skills day-to-day as situations arise.


The following relaxation tools can be used to distract yourself from thoughts and symptoms of stress in your body.

  • progressive muscle relaxation

    This tool will guide you through an effective way to release the tension in your body

  • Guided grounding

    Guided grounding tool will help you focus on your surroundings and the present moment.

  • Controlled breathing

    Controlled breathing

    Teaches you how to slow your breathing rate and manage physical reactions to stressful or difficult situations. Try Controlled breathing in High Res.

High res app

These tools and more are available on the High Res app which means you can use them on the go.

Let us help

Self-help is not for everyone. If you need additional support, Open Arms is here for you. Our counsellors and lived experience peers offer a safe space to talk through how you are feeling. Call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.

See also

  • Being calm

    Developing an attitude of calm and learning to adopt a calm attitude to life is helpful in a crisis.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

    Open Arms offers group treatment programs and educational workshops, relationship retreats, and suicide prevention workshops.
  • Stress image


    The most common reason for seeking Open Arms counselling is stress. High levels of stress and anxiety are a common problem in modern society.