Relaxation techniques

There are lots of different kinds of relaxation techniques that you can try out. Lots of people find these helpful particularly when they are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. Relaxation techniques are also often recommended in a lot of therapies.

A few different types of relaxation techniques are:

  • Slowing down your breathing
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Guided Visualisation 
  • Repeating Mantras to yourself (e.g I can handle whatever comes my way)

‘Relaxation is a big one I use when I notice my thoughts speeding up…I try to just go with it and see what happens, not being too bothered about the small things or if I feel self-conscious.’

There are a range of relaxation apps which you may wish to try which you can find  including the free NHS Chill Panda app.



There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.

If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.

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