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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of cognitive-behavioral stress management techniques, which include some of the most effective available means of stress reduction. We begin by briefly outlining major themes and approaches in the scientific study of stress and summarizing key constructs in psychologically oriented stress science. We then provide an overview of three major cognitive-behavioral stress management techniques: progressive muscle relaxation, breathing therapies, and guided imagery. The chapter concludes with a discussion of some of the contemporary scientific and clinical issues in cognitive-behavioral stress management, focusing on the advancement of research into physiological and cognitive mechanisms and the application of these stress management methods in institutional settings.

Keywords: stress management, cognitive-behavioral therapies, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, guided imagery

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