I like buying the little books that are sold by the cash registers at the bookstores. They’re also great little stocking stuffers, too. I bought my mom a book and kit on how to grow a potato person (you pretty much keep a potato until it starts growing those weird roots in random places, and then you put the potato on a little plastic pedestal for display), and she bought me a tiny book on ghost stories. I just have a small collection of those mini books, but I’ve heard that people have much larger collections, some books are very intricately decorated.
Anyway, I picked up a mini book last year called “Little Book of Relaxation” from Lawrence Teacher Books. It has some good stuff in it, so here are some exerts:
Relax at the End of the Day
1. This day is now done.
2. Think about what challenged you or was left undone.
3. Take three to five deep breaths and release it.
The next time you have to stand in a line, rather than focusing on the inconvenience, take this time to relax. Take a deep breath, lower your shoulders, take another deep breath, and relax.
“Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
talk less, say more;
hate less, love more;
and all good things are yours.”
– Swedish Proverb
1. Upon arriving home, instead of turning on the television or the computer right away, just be silent. Luxuriate in the space of your home, and breathe.
2. Just before dinner, as everyone is sitting down, take a moment of silence and 2 or 3 deep breaths. Be grateful for the day, for your family, for your accomplishments.
3. Just as you sit down to pay the bills, take a deep breath in. Exhale. As you finish paying each one, repeat the breath. Do this with each payment! Allow your shoulders to drop away from your ears. This will help you to relax around money.
“Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid