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I can't believe it's already the end of April! The year seems to be flying by so fast. Perhaps it's because we're always so busy. Here is a shortened list of days that we have lived through this month: April Fool’s Day, Easter Sunday, Tell a Lie Day, National Dandelion Day, Friday the 13th, Ex-Spouse Day and International Day of Laughter (on the same day!), Income Tax Due Day, National Garlic Day, World Penguin Day, National Honesty Day (today). http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/april.htm
No wonder we’re tired! And I am willing to bet that some of your days were even more unique, satisfying, or stressful than the ones I listed.
Rejoicing or celebrating can be as wearing on the body and mind as enduring stressful business negotiations or personal issues. What do you do as a small business owner to recover from those days that often come more frequently than you would like? How can you relax and recover from today and be ready to go out there and do it all again tomorrow?
It may sound counter-intuitive, but you have to train your mind how to relax with ease, according to meditation and relaxation expert Dr. Herbert Benson.
You have to give your brain and your body permission to relax. So how do you let your body relax AND bring your mind to rest with it? According to Cynthia Ackrill in her blog on yourtango.com, the answer is to create a series of simple transition rituals that alert your mind and body that it's time to wind down and takes them through the process (versus just shifting gears abruptly).
She recommends these three steps: