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We have children, jobs, homes and aging parents; we almost fit everything in, and then we collapse at the end of the day, too tired to take care of the most important thing there is–our own health.

We cannot escape the facts of life, but we can escape the stress for short periods of time, and short periods can rejuvenate us in amazing ways. Imagine stretching out your arms and gently pushing everything out of the way, creating space, just for you. Gently, so gently, clear the area around you and feel an oasis of calm and quiet.

This is how you will make your life easier and healthier. Without good health, we can not live the lives we are meant to live.

We all know that a massage, a yoga class, or a long walk will help us relax, unwind, and recover. But, many times, trying to schedule a class or make arrangements to have a massage becomes as much work as anything else, another thing on the to-do list.

Instead, let’s use just fifteen minutes of your day.

One of the best times to carve out fifteen minutes is in the morning. Get up before anyone else is awake, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and just sit. Think about your day before you get too rushed. Calmly plan your schedule. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Lunchtime is another wonderful time for a fifteen-minute escape. Instead of engaging in the same old conversations or eating at your desk, leave work for a fifteen- minute walk. Or close your door and close your eyes for fifteen minutes. It’s amazing what fifteen minutes of quiet can do for your spirit. I urge you to give this a try.

Fifteen minutes is not a huge amount, so I know you can find it sometime during the day. Fifteen minutes, used in a quiet, peaceful way, can create powerful changes your life. So, take fifteen and get your balance!

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