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Taking it Easy

Ray’s Daily

April 14, 2021

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“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

Sydney Harris

As I limit my time out of my apartment for a few days I now have a few more hours of available time. Rather than fill them with more tasks I am using the time for relaxation. There are few rewards that we can give ourselves than spending time just relaxing.Here is why:

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF RELAXATION

  • the ability to think more clearly and make better decisions
  • the power to better resist future stressors
  • a more positive outlook on life and your experiences
  • a healthier body, with a slower breathing rate, more relaxed muscles, and reduced blood pressure
  • a reduced risk of heart attack, autoimmune disease, mental health disorders, and other stress-related illnesses

The following tips are extracted from the Healthline blog.

Easy ways to relax

When it comes to relaxation strategies, the easier the better! If you can find five minutes of your day for yourself, you can easily slip in a simple relaxation strategy. Here are some easy ways to help relax:

Breathe it out. Breathing exercises are one of the simplest relaxation strategies, and can effectively calm your stressed-out body and mind anywhere at any time. Breathe in to a slow count of three, and then breathe out to the same slow count of three. Repeat five times, or as long as you need to feel relaxed.

Release physical tension. When we feel mentally stressed, we often feel physically stressed as well. Releasing any physical tension can help relieve stress in your body and mind. Tense up one part of your body at a time, and then slowly release your muscles. As you do this, notice how your body sensations change.

Write down your thoughts. Getting things off your mind by writing them down may help you relax. When you feel stressed, take a few minutes to write down some short notes about how you’re feeling or how your day is going. You might do this in a notebook or in a notes app on your smartphone. Focus on expressing yourself to help release some of your stress.

Make a list. Making a list about what you’re grateful for can help some people feel relaxed. Experts say that when we’re stressed, we tend to focus on the negative parts of life rather than the positive. Thinking about the positive parts of your life and writing them down may help you chill out.

Visualize your calm. Have you ever heard the expression “find your happy place”? Sit in a quiet and safe place, such as your bedroom, and begin to think about a place in the world where you feel most calm. Close your eyes and imagine all the details linked to that place: the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile feelings.

Connect to nature. Spending just a few minutes in nature when you feel stressed may help you relax.

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“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”

Steve Maraboli

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She said: Lisa, my co-worker at the travel agency, needed to send a letter of apology to a customer whose trip was a complete fiasco from start to finish. I reminded her of a similar situation a year earlier and dug out the letter I’d written then.

“All you have to do,” I told her, “is to change the details, the date, and the name.”

She looked it over and smiled wryly. “We won’t need to change the name.”

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Rossini suggested, “Well, I can get along without the songs, since I compose my own.”

The doctor said, “Well, which of the other two are you prepared to give up?”

Rossini relied, “That depends entirely on the vintage.”

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Don’t worry about avoiding temptation…  As you grow older, it will avoid you.

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Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?”

“98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.”

“So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented.

She responded, “Hardly worth going home is it?”

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I think the nice thing about being senile is I can hide my own Easter eggs.

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Walter and Maury were good friends and neighbors. Walter was Christian, Maury was Jewish, but they liked and respected each other very much.  (Which is as it should be.)  The neighborhood in which they were next door neighbors included many Jewish and Christian families.

One day, Maury and Walter were both trimming their yards.  Walter called over the yard to Maury, “Hey, Maury!  Why do you and so many of our Jewish friends often answer a question with a question?”

Maury replied, “Why shouldn’t we?”

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If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

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Timmy was roughhousing with his dog.

His mother said to him, “Now, Timmy, I know you love Grover, but you’re loving him too much. How would you feel if someone huge picked you up and squeezed you so hard you couldn’t breathe?”

The boy thought a moment and then said, “I guess I’d feel like it was my birthday and Aunt Donna was here!”

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Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman:     “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”

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Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Thought you’d might like to see what happened to me last week.

I went downtown the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a city cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, “Come on, buddy, how about giving a senior a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a piece of horse s**t. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket.

This went on for about 20 minutes, the more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn’t care. My car was parked around the corner. I try to have a little fun each day. It’s important at my age.

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“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”

Sonia Ricotte

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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