"Life can be ever so stressful and tiring from time to time and the wise among us us have learned of the tremendous benefits to be gained from 'taking time out.' It may sound surprising, but a twenty minute break in the morning and a chat with a friend over coffee can set you up for the rest of the day.
Life can be so earnest and simply putting down everything serious in your day and reading a book for ten minutes can revitalise the mind. I often prefer to listen to some favourite music or compose a poem to place my mind at rest. I could however, just as productively pop next door to check on our elderly neighbour, telephone that family member who can best benefit from hearing my voice and letting them know I love them and was just thinking about them. By far the easiest way to take time out is to close one's eyes, imagine a relaxing scene and enjoy the sanctum of inner peace. All of these ways are simple ways to ease the stress of your day.
Being now in my early seventies, I find the brief afternoon nap of ten minutes so reinvigorating, and the very best thing is that I do not have to make the slightest of efforts bringing it about. One minute, I am sat comfortably in my chair in front of the fire and suddenly, quicker than the nine-times married Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor can say, 'I do', I'm fast asleep. In fact, the occurrence has become so frequent and effortless these days that I could fall asleep on a log if I'd nowhere else to rest my head." William Forde: November 15th, 2015.