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Take time to relax. I don’t believe enough of us do this. I am not talking about going away somewhere on vacation. For those who are fortunate enough to be able to do this, count yourself as lucky. Many people are not able to get away for a variety of reasons other than just financial.

I recently had a very busy Saturday. I finally got out of the shower at 6:20 p.m. I had hoped I could relax under the hot water. Little did I know that this would allow my mind a few minutes of rest, opening it up for endless thoughts to flow. Suddenly, the ideas for this writing came pouring out like the shower water itself. So I ended my cleansing routine quickly, put on some clothes and pressed the pen to the paper before my ideas went down the drain with the shampoo.

Mind you, I had been fighting a bad migraine since I woke up that morning. After doing three loads of wash, preparing a nice dinner and spending a few hours sorting the never-ending paper trail, I could still barely see any of my rather large kitchen tabletop.

Once again, I was left feeling as if there are not enough hours in the day. I did miss a few of those hours in the early morning lying down in my soundless, dark room suffering with my migraine. I don’t know why so many of us do not get an adequate amount of rest and relaxation.

Women, especially, are so busy caring for their children and others, along with working, that they often don’t get a minute’s rest. There’s even a saying: “Mothers don’t get sick.” Well, of course they do, but the show must go on – someway, somehow.

I do not have any children; just a puppy, a husband, a job and chores, as well as many hobbies, such as writing, that sometimes try to take center stage. This is both good and bad. Someone or something is often left out of the mix.

I felt guilty for spending most of a recent Friday off concentrating on my creative writing club’s end-of-the year journal, while my dog just rested. At least she knows to take time out for naps. But when I looked into those sad puppy dog eyes of hers, I knew I had better get the tennis ball out soon. She needed her play time, and I needed a break, too.

I previously worked for a chiropractor. During his lunch break, the doctor would usually take some time to relax and meditate. He knew this was a good thing to do. I think I need to follow in his footsteps. So many of us could benefit from doing so.

Life is always so fast-paced. We live a hectic, full schedule. Monday I have to do this, this and this. It’s the same story on Tuesday. So the week races on with little time for oneself. This is not a healthy lifestyle. Eventually, you will get sick or be at your wit’s end.

Life is so short. People try to cram a million and one things in a small time frame. This can lead to a frustrated state of mind and physical exhaustion. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We could all use this helpful reminder at times.

Better yet, we all need to take some time out of our busy day and stop to smell the roses, enjoy a glass of water – the great elixir of life – and just breathe. Let the stress roll off of your back and then start all over again with the hope that there’s always tomorrow. For now, take a few minutes to just be present in the moment, and don’t forget to breathe.

Wendy Schreiner lives in Warsaw.