Progressive Muscle Relaxation
By Russell Holloway
Christian Counseling Finder Co-founder
A little anxiety now and then is helpful. When dating my future wife anxiety worked to my advantage because it motivated me to do things young men sometimes overlook, like comb my hair, put on a clean shirt, and brush my teeth, you know, things that seem optional when you’re nineteen years old.
Anxiety when it is functioning properly motivates us to action. But when anxiety becomes overwhelming it is not a good thing at all. Persistent anxiety is something we want to overcome.
One biological truth that works to our advantage is that anxiety and physical relaxation are mutually exclusive. Physical relaxation and anxiety cannot exist in the same person at the same time. Therefore, if we engage in ‘healthy’ behaviors that cause the muscles in our bodies to relax, anxiety lessens or disappears.
One muscle relaxation technique with proven effectiveness in lowering anxiety is Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). I like to combine PMR with prayer when I’m anxious or having trouble falling asleep. Although PMR is not a cure for the underlying causes for anxiety, it can help people who suffer from panic attacks, agoraphobia, or other anxiety disorders.
Prayer & PMR Sequence
Remember God loves you. If you need help with overcoming anxiety, use our “Find A Counselor” search function, or contact us through this website. We would love to help.