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(p. 33) Session 3: Relaxation Skills 

(p. 33) Session 3: Relaxation Skills
(p. 33) Session 3: Relaxation Skills

Bryan D. Carter

, William G. Kronenberger

, and Eric L. Scott

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date: 03 April 2020

Sometimes even problem-solving skills can’t reduce the stressfulness of a situation. In these circumstances, “Managing the Impact” coping skills are needed to reduce the effects of a stressor on physical and emotional functioning. In Session 3 of the Children’s Health and Illness Recovery Program (CHIRP), the use of diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation skills are introduced as proven methods for increasing relaxation, creating a sense of well-being, and decreasing the impact of stress on chronic illness symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills, what CHIRP refers to as “Thought Challenging and Thought Changing Skills,” are then introduced to help you understand the relationship between thoughts, emotions/feelings, and actions that we take in responding to these.

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