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Relaxation Audio and Video Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation for stress, chronic pain, and headache relief

​​​​​​What is relaxation?

Relaxation can reduce stress and chronic pain. It does this by:

  • reducing muscle tension
  • calming your nervous system
  • releasing endorphins (your body’s natural pain killers)

The relaxation response is the opposite of the stress response. With relaxation, your body is able to decrease blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and slow breathing. Your mind becomes calm and you get a feeling of well-being.


What are relaxation exercises?

There are lots of things you can do to relax, like taking a bath, napping, or watching TV. Relaxation exercises are different. Relaxation exercises are different from these activities because they are guided, planned, and focused (purposeful) techniques to:

  • decrease stress
  • improve your sense of control over your stress or pain
  • improve your mood

Try the audio and video relaxation exercises below.


Relaxation exercises: audio tracks

Click or tap the link to play the exercise. You can also download the files to use whenever you'd like.

Before starting the exercise, find a quiet space and get comfortable, either by sitting or lying down. Get ready to ease your mind and body.

  • Deep breathing audio track (5:46 minutes, file size: 2.70 MB)
    Learn how to breathe deeply and relax.
  • Biofeedback audio track (8:49 minutes, file size: 4.13 MB)​
    Learn t​he technique of biofeedback, specifically hand warming, as a way to relax. You can use this exercise to get relief from headaches or any type of pain.
  • Body scan audio track (7:36 minutes, file size: 3.55 MB)
    Learn ​how to use the tool of body scan as a way to relax.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation audio track (9:30 minutes, file size: 4.45 MB)
    Learn the technique of progressive muscle relaxation. You can use this exercise to get relief from headaches or any type of pain.
Relaxation exercises: videos
  • Deep breathing (1:49 minutes)
    This video will guide you through 5 deep, slow breaths. You can use the technique and pace in the video to do more deep breathing on your own.
  • Guided imagery (2:38 minutes)
    Release tension in your body as you are guided through a sunny beach scene.

Guided imagery exercises to escape or reduce headache pain

Use guided imagery as a way to relax and reduce headache pain.

Click or tap the link to play the exercise. You can also download the files to use whenever you'd like.

Before starting the exercise, find a quiet space and get comfortable, either by sitting or lying down. Get ready to ease your mind and body.

  • Trap the migraine and head for the beach (5:47 minutes, file size: 2.71 MB)
    Learn how to picture your headache as something that can be put in a cage or trap. While your headache is locked away, visit a favourite place.
  • Release the headache in an outdoor scene (5:43 minutes, file size: 2.68 MB)
    Experience how you can reduce the impact that a headache has on you by visualizing your headache first as something big and scary, and then changing it into something small and harmless.

Current as of: March 18, 2022

Author: Chronic Pain Program, Alberta Health Services