Practicing relaxation techniques can help calm our
days when they get too stressful. It’s easy to miss out on enjoying a day in our
life if our minds are filled with worrisome thoughts and our bodies are tense
with stress. A day lived is not coming back and we should not lose it in this

For starters, eliminate some things. Avoid running around
frantically trying to do too many things. Slow down and move with an easy

If you cannot avoid problems and busy days, get in the habit of
pausing to breathe slowly and deeply. Try to continue with easy breathing as you
continue on with your tasks.

If you can get a short break
create a detailed peaceful retreat in your imagination and go there to calm your
feelings. Picture it in vivid detail. Perhaps a comfortable room with soft
music, a quiet place in the woods, a placid lake, a beautiful garden with
flowers, trees, birds. Perhaps such a place already exists. While you are there,
let go of everything except where you are.

Create a personal selection of
calming words like serene, tranquil, peaceful and repeat them to yourself as you
move through your day.

After work perhaps you can have a relaxing pastime
such as walking or listening to music.

“There is however, a true music of
nature – the song of the birds, the whisper of leaves, the ripple of waters upon
a sandy shore, the wail of wind or sea.” –