To enable our body and mind to function optimally, there must be a balance between tension and relaxation, between activity and rest, between challenge and routine.
To preserve our sense of well-being and our ability to perform, it is important that we regularly review our personal stress management techniques by answering such questions as: “What situations do I find stressful?”, “How do I deal with stress factors?”, “How do I react and behave in specific situations?”. It is extremely helpful to be aware of practical methods and techniques for overcoming stress and dealing with stress factors. These enable us to maintain our sense of well-being and preserve our performance capability at an optimal level, even at times of great pressure.
Science has now developed several psychological „success factors“ for dealing with stress and emotional pressure, e.g. cognitive stress responses, self-control techniques and relaxation methods. Our training module deals with them in detail. You will learn how to use these methods to raise your awareness, expand your resources as well as successfully manage stress and emotional pressure.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation or PMR, developed by Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s, is a particular type of relaxation exercise, which requires a person to alternate between tensing and relaxing different muscle groups throughout the body. Persons learn to view sensations associated with muscle tension, a common symptom of stress and anxiety. If you learn to relax your muscles deeply, you can reduce anxiety and stress. Therefore PMR entails a physical and a mental component. We learn to focus on the difference between the feelings of the tension and the relaxation in both components. Or with the words of Jacobson: “An anxious mind cannot exist in a relaxed body.”