Busyness is a commonplace occurrence in the lives of active professionals, especially teachers.  On a scale of 1 (Highest Priority) – 10 (Lowest Priority), relaxation falls around “9.” Add children to the equation and it easily slides down to “10.” So that means that you must deliberately make it a priority. Otherwise your body will make that decision for you. So this summer, take the reins of your life back into your own hands and simply relax! Here’s how:

Just Breathe … Deeply – Take a station break in the middle of your day and focus on your breathing. Breathe in and slowly breathe out. Reverse the process several times for the course of 5-minutes then enjoy the rest of your day.

Just Meditate … Find Your Inner Peace … It’s still in there somewhere! — Sit up straight with both of your feet firmly placed on the floor, close your eyes and recite a calming mantra to the beat of your breaths.

Just Show-Up in the Moment … Now! – Take a small portion of your day and relocate to a pleasant place. Close your eyes and experience the moment. Notice the sweet aroma of the flowers, the chirping of songbirds singing their happy morning song and the wind as it kisses your face with its long slender tendrils. Showing up in the moment is reinvigorating and fun.

Just Tell Someone … Close – We all need a little help sometimes. Talking with a friend face-to-face or on the phone may give you a fresh perspective on things. The comrade is refreshing and the fellowship is heartwarming. You will leave totally renewed and your friendship fortified for another day.

Just Laugh … A Real Good Belly Laugh – If you want a dose of endorphins which will help change your mood, then tune into a good movie, a comedic sitcom, or read a comic book. It makes you feel good and it’s also contagious.

Just Dance … Shake Your Money Maker – Or just do some plain old exercise. Walking and yoga can ease depression and anxiety and they make your brain feel good. If you’re brave enough to bust a move, turn up the music and shake your stress away.

All these methods will contribute to helping you relax and making it a top priority on your list. Remember relaxation keeps you happy and healthy.  Even God took a day off to relax when He was creating the universe. So why not follow His lead, and make relaxation an important part of YOUR life.