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It’s time for some self-care. When you work hard, you have multiple priorities, and they are all tugging at you simultaneously, you need some respite. What do you do to destress?

Music has always been a great source of relaxation for me. The right music, calms me right down. Another source I used to distress is to get involved with a hobby. I like video games, so that’s my go to.

Did you realize that exercise can also be a huge stress reliever? Exercise stresses the body, but this stress releases what scientists call the “feel good” brain chemicals called endorphins. You can monitor this the next time you do some exercise. It occurs about 10-15 minutes into any workout. When it hits, you get a “second wind” that makes it feel like you could continue to workout for another hour. Anyway, exercise reduces stress by the release of these endorphins and how the body reacts to the stresses you put on it in the gym. It gets stronger. I’m not just talking muscles, but nervous system, circulatory system, skeletal system–the whole works.

What do you do to relieve stress? What hobbies do you have? What types of exercise do you enjoy?

When was the last time you got a massage, manicure, pedicure? My wife introduced me to manicures and pedicures, and they are terrific. Talk about spoiling yourself. Then there are the spas. When have you been to a spa for a weekend, getting pampered, eating terrific food, and just relaxing with herbal tea and a good book?

For those of you who have a hard time getting away, there’s always the “staycation” where you go to a local hotel and stay the night or for a weekend, letting someone else cook for you, watching some shows on the television, or getting out and taking part in some local events that normally escape your calendar.

We have many priorities and demands. Take some time to relax. You’ll be more efficient and ready to take on those challenges again when you get back from your excursion.

Until next time…