Your Guide to PMR for Mental Health

At Brightside Behavioral Health, we understand the impact that stress can have on one's everyday life. That's why we're dedicated to promoting techniques like progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) to empower individuals to take charge of their mental health. So, what exactly is PMR, and how can it benefit you?

PMR is a systematic technique developed to alleviate muscle tension and reduce anxiety and stress by sequentially tensing and relaxing muscle groups throughout the body. First introduced by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 20th century, PMR has since gained widespread recognition for its effectiveness in promoting relaxation and stress relief.

The process begins with finding a quiet, comfortable space where you can fully immerse yourself in the practice. From the tips of your toes to the top of your head, each muscle group is individually tensed for a few seconds before being released, allowing for a sense of relaxation throughout the body. With each release, tension melts away, and with it, stress and anxiety.

But PMR offers more than just physical relaxation; it serves as a gateway to deeper levels of mindfulness. By tuning into the sensations of each muscle group, you develop a heightened sense of body awareness, creating a deeper connection between mind and body.

By regularly practicing PMR, you can learn to identify and release tension as it arises, effectively managing stress levels.

In our ongoing commitment to mental health advocacy, we've included a link to a free and easy to follow PMR video . We believe that accessibility to mental health tips and strategies is essential in promoting well being for all. Click here:  to get started today.