There is no single relaxation technique that is best for everyone.
How you react to stress may influence the relaxation technique that works best for you:
The “fight” response. If you tend to become angry, agitated, or keyed up under stress, you may respond best to stress relief activities that quiet you down, such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, or guided imagery.
The “flight” response. If you tend to become depressed, withdrawn, or spaced out under stress, you may respond best to stress relief activities that are stimulating and energize your nervous system, such as rhythmic exercise, massage, or power yoga.
The immobilization response. If you tend to “freeze” or become “stuck” under stress, your challenge is to first rouse your nervous system to a fight or flight response (above) so you can employ the applicable stress relief techniques. To do this, choose physical activity that engages both your arms and legs, such as running or dancing, and perform it mindfully, focusing on the sensations in your limbs as you move.
This page offers an overview of stress and anxiety techniques you can try. Pay attention to your reaction to stress and to which relaxation techniques work for you.