“Relaxation techniques are critical for self-care,” Nya B, M.A, a licensed therapist and mental health clinician, tells mbg. “Being able to control your moods and set the tone for proper brain function begins with relaxation techniques.” Relaxation can bring the body back to baseline. 

“Relaxation is your body’s way of combating those stress hormones,” says Andreas Michaelides, Ph.D., Chief of Psychology at Noom. Being in a state of relaxation decreases your heart rate, clears your mind, and loosens the tension in the body.

Putting your energy into developing healthier coping mechanisms for the stress that enters your life will help you live rather than simply exist. 

Here are eight relaxation techniques supported by experts.