Guided breathing and relaxation exercises

Finding a sense of peace and calm in our day-to-day lives can be difficult. Relaxation techniques can help to relax the mind and body and also manage some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

There are many practices that may help us relax, including breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, visualisation, meditation, mindfulness, and gentle physical activities such as yoga and Tai Chi.

The good news is, many of these techniques can be practised almost anywhere and at little or no cost. Learning to relax can take a bit of practise but the more you practise the more helpful the relaxation technique will be. Below are some exercises to help get you started.


Breathing exercises


Relaxation exercises

Guided visualisation


More relaxation exercises

  • This Way Up - Learn simple mindfulness strategies for managing stress and boosting your wellbeing with their practical and free online program.
  • Smiling Mind - A free mindfulness app developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. 
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