With the hectic pace of society today, many of us are too busy and stretched thin, not having a minute to spare. It is so important to relax during the day to rejuvenate and re-energize. Relaxation provides a way to reduce tension that can actually help us be more productive. When do youknow you need to take a break? When you are fatigued, have decreased concentration, have increased irritability or impatience, feel the tension in your muscles, have a headache or mental overload and feel overwhelmed. What can be done? Deep breathing exercises can help to reduce the blood pressure and slow down your breathing rate. Meditation can also work and it can be as simple as closing your eyes and counting to 30. Visualization is also effective and it involves picturing a scene or image in your mind that calms you and focusing on it. Some people choose to think about the beach and the waves as they hit the shore and go back out. Experiment with a few of these and when you feel overwhelmed try it to see what works for you, but don’t feel guilty for taking a break.   Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist