Managing Stress
Managing Stress

Part 4: Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief

To effectively relieve stress, we need to activate the body's natural relaxation response.  There are a number of techniques you can try that will fit into your daily life as a care partner.

Some techniques require little time. They will help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood.

Examples include:

  • Guided imagery
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Rhythmic exercise
  • Yoga


Deep Breathing

With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.  (Source:

Watch this video and learn a deep breathing relaxation technique as occupational therapist, Gina Shimoda demonstrates how it is done. Follow along!



Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that requires you to employ not only your visual sense, but also your sense of taste, touch, smell, and sound. When used as a relaxation technique, visualization involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety.  (Source:

Sit back, relax, and listen to this audio recording of guided imagery.