Monday, September 24, 2012

Take a Deep Breath

Too much to do.  Too little time.  Too few resources.  These phrases are often familiar to ASP'ers who juggle a wide range of duties under their job descriptions.  

So, if your week has been extremely hectic and you are wishing that the weekend started today:

  •  Close your eyes.  Breathe in deeply and exhale deeply.  Count each time you exhale. Breathe in, Exhale, 1, etc.  Repeat to a count of 10.
  • Close your eyes.  Concentrate on breathing deeply.  Repeat a positive word over and over to yourself.  Repeat until you feel relaxed.
  • Close your eyes.  Breathe in deeply to the count of 6.  Exhale deeply to the count of 6.  Repeat until you feel relaxed. 
  • Sit up straight.  Scrunch your shoulders up towards your ears and hold.  Release.  Repeat until you feel your muscles relax.
  • Rotate your neck gently and slowly to the right, back, left, forward.  Repeat until you feel your neck muscles relax.
  • Stretch your legs out in front of you and held several inches off the ground.  Gently rotate your feet together in a circle to the right.  Stop.  Gently rotate your feet together in a circle to the left.
  • Close your eyes.  Picture a favorite place in your mind (beach, forest, country lane).  Slowly "walk around" in the scene and savor the sounds, sights, and sounds.  Relax and enjoy being in that scene.

Savor your few minutes break.  Finish out your day and enjoy the weekend.  (Amy Jarmon)

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