What is #anxiety? Although anxiety is a common reaction, learn about the symptoms and types of anxiety and how it can become a problem and when diagnosed as a disorder. Relaxation techniques can help to reduce anxiety.
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Do relaxation techniques have any side effects?
The National Center for Complementary Integrative Health (USA) state that Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people. In most research studies, there have been no reported negative side effects. However, occasionally, people report negative experiences such as increased anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or fear oflosing control. There have been rare reports that certain relaxation techniques might cause or worsen symptoms in people with epilepsy or certain psychiatric conditions, or with a history of abuse or trauma. People with heart disease should talk to their health care providers before doing progressive muscle relaxation.