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      Relaxation exercises

      If tinnitus is making you feel stressed or anxious, or if you notice your tinnitus more when you are stressed, relaxation exercises may help.

      Relaxation exercises can help you manage your stress levels. You’ll get most benefit if you do them regularly, as part of your daily routine. As you become calmer and more relaxed, you may feel more able to manage your tinnitus and not notice it as much.

      Relaxation exercises usually involve deep breathing, muscle relaxation and rhythmic exercises. They can be done anywhere at any time.

      Many tinnitus clinics teach relaxation exercises to help with tinnitus management. Speak to your audiologist or tinnitus specialist if you think you could benefit, to find out what’s available.

      You can also learn how to relax by going to a local relaxation, yoga or mindfulness class. And many apps (software applications) for smartphones and tablet devices can guide you through relaxation exercises.

      Visit the NHS Choices website for a simple breathing exercise for stress.

      If you feel that you need a little extra help to reduce anxiety or depression, such as medication, see your GP.

      Find out more about the link between stress and tinnitus, and what can help, in our factsheet Stress and tinnitus .