Nancy V41 said:
Hey, I'm a noobie swimmer and new to the forum as well. Relaxing has been the most difficult part for me
Hey! Relaxing can be a very difficult thing, especially if you've had a tough experience in and around the water.
I find that conscious relaxation while performing a front or back float can be very helpful for stroke development. For example, try doing a back or front float and notice if you are hiking your shoulders up towards your neck. Alternatively, try and notice if you are carrying a lot of tension in your shoulder muscles.
Realizing that you can relax your body and you won't immediately sink needs to be taught to your nervous system and then relaxing will be much easier for you!