We all live such busy lives it’s sometimes hard to find time to truly relax. Here’s an exercise to help:

Lie on your back on the floor or on the bed with your hands and arms lying next to your body. Try to breathe evenly but don’t focus on your breathing. Starting at your toes, curl your toes under and tense the muscles in your feet. Focus on tensing the muscles in your ankles, then your calves, your knees, thighs, and all the way up your body, including your shoulder, neck, and facial muscles. Hold the tension. Now starting with your toes, relax the muscles in the same order in which you tensed them.

This exercise is so you can feel the difference between tense and relaxed. During the day, check your muscles. Are they feeling tensed up? Relaxed? Now that you can tell the difference, you should be able to relax muscles that are feeling tense. Pay close attention to back, shoulder, and neck muscles, especially if you sit at a desk all day.