Relaxation Strategies

  • Holly Hazlett-Stevens
Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)

Relaxation training benefits clients struggling with GAD in several ways. The ability to relax is a valuable life skill many clients did not learn naturally over the course of their development. Indeed, recent research has linked GAD symptoms to deficits in such fundamental emotion regulation abilities (Mennin, Heimberg, Turk, & Fresco 2005). In their emotion dysregulation model of GAD, Mennin and colleagues posited that heightened emotional intensity, fear of emotional experience, and poor ability to manage negative emotions characterize individuals with GAD (Mennin, Heimberg, Turk, & Fresco 2002; Mennin, Turk, Heimberg, & Carmin 2004). Maladaptive coping strategies such as unproductive worry result as individuals attempt to control physiological arousal and other facets of emotional experience. From this perspective, relaxation training teaches clients new and adaptive ways to manage, or even prevent, excessive physiological arousal and emotional reactivity. Anxiety spirals become...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly Hazlett-Stevens
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology/298University of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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