Having anxiety symptoms can be debilitating and may limit someone from interacting in their environment. The root of anxiety is often related to one’s family of origin. To reduce symptoms of anxiety is to increase one’s awareness of their experience and actively apply cognitive behavior techniques to manage symptoms. Traditional or alternative medicine both agree that progressive muscle relaxation helps reduce the tension one experiences in their body as a result to daily stress, anxiety or trauma. Below is a progressive muscle relaxation exercise to help reduce the tension in your body.