This week has been by far one of my most stressful weeks on the job. As a result of the commerce minister’s brilliant idea of a levy to overseas telecoms carriers, it caused a virtual shut down of communication for some of our customers since Tuesday. Thankfully it has now been resolved but my ears and mouth are tired from listening to customers cuss mi off and me explaining the reason and offering temporary solutions. I’m glad today’s Friday and can’t wait to begin the weekend!!!

I got the below email just now and found it appropriate: Enjoy.

*Stress Free in 10 minutes . . .*

*1. Do Nothing*
At least once during the day, take 5 – 10 minutes to sit quietly and do
nothing. Focus on the sounds around you, your emotions and any tension in
your neck, shoulders, arms, chest, etc.
*2. Laugh Out Loud*
Keep something handy that makes you laugh. It could be a collection of your
favorite comic strips, or a funny eMail from, say, your child or a friend.
You could even take a few moments to think watching your favorite comedy
serial. Turn to this every so often during your day.
*3. Tune In*
When you face a daunting task, play soothing music – be it classical,
country or jazz. At work you can use the CD drive on your computer to keep
the music at the ready.
*4. Think Happy*
Focus on someone or something you care deeply about for anywhere from 15
seconds to 5 minutes. Or picture a scene from a peaceful vacation. A phrase
that makes you feel positive about yourself and the world can also work.
*5. Hit The Road*
Get up from your desk, the couch – wherever you may be – and take a 10
minute walk.
*6. Breathe Easy*
For 5 minutes, slow your breathing down to about 6 deep-belly breaths a
minute. In other words, inhale for about 5 seconds, exhale for about 5.
*7. Rise Relaxed*
Right before bed, and after the alarm goes off in the morning, take 5
minutes to relax your entire body. Start by tensing your toes; consciously
relax them. Move on to the muscles in your feet, and then your calves, upper
legs, move upwards until you end by scrunching up and then relaxing the
muscles in your face . . .


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