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Relax and Live One Day at a Time

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“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


BUT, we always want to look far beyond into tomorrow. We let our fears take charge and we reach out far past today. Sometimes, we become immobilized as we face the future.


If this has ever happened to you; I recommended the following exercise: 

Set aside 10 minutes, and I suggest you do it today. Settle into a comfortable chair. Set an alarm for 600 seconds so you will know when the 10 minutes will be complete and you won't have to be concerned about watching the time. Then close your eyes. Breathe deeply, exhale loudly several times. Don't think about anything and just allow yourself to relax and be in the moment. Simply concentrate on your breathing during  these moments.

Then simply be aware of how you feel ...
   - Is there stiffness in your neck?
   - What is your back telling you?
   - What does your butt feel like sitting in your chair?
   - How fast or slow is your heartbeat?
   - Are you warm or are you cool?
   - What do you smell?
   - Do your legs feel relaxed?
   - Are your hands tingling?
   - Are you feeling sleepy?
   - Just be aware of yourself.

When the alarm goes off at the end of 10 minutes, slowly open your eyes and consider this fact:

92% of the things we worry about never happen.


Now try to be aware of living the rest of your day in today. In the now. Not worrying about the future. Just concentrating on the tasks you have to accomplish today.


When it's time to go to sleep, look back to assess your day. What were your overall feelings? Did the 10 minutes of quiet affect the quality of your day? A little, a lot, not at all? Did you feel more peaceful? Did you find more energy?  Would it be worth trying this practice again?



I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.












Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Um, I could have used this 2 days ago. I will try it tomorrow, I have a crazy schedule, there is bound to be some tension!

Feb 18, 2015 08:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Warren, great advice, and we do experience lots of stress, and this sounds like a great exercise! 

Jul 19, 2015 11:10 PM
Warren Schutt
Warren Schutt Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Helping People with Their Moves for over 40 Years

Joan, enjoy each moment of  your day.

Jul 20, 2015 12:38 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing this exercise Warren, I could use this stress relief most days.


Sep 02, 2015 10:46 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm a chronic worrier and my anxiety does tend to take over at times. I am a huge fan of breathing excercises like this.

Sep 03, 2015 04:12 AM
Warren Schutt
Warren Schutt Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Helping People with Their Moves for over 40 Years

I'm glad this technique is helping everyone.

We lost a great coach and teacher in Wayne Dyer this week. One of the most simple practices he taught me was in my waking up in the morning. In his movie the Shift, he shows himself getting out of bed and as his feet are hitting the ground he says: "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you."

I have adopted that practice with a slight modification. I consciously think of things I am thankful for from the day before, the coming day or even just the moment. Five thank yous are a must, but I don't limit myself to five.

This starts my mornings in the most positive way.

May you find the sunshine in each day.


Sep 03, 2015 05:42 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Warren,  This post may be almost 3 years old, but the exercise will still work today.  I'll have to try it later.  I may fall back asleep now.

Dec 25, 2017 03:43 AM
Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®
klm Real Estate - Lubbock, TX
Residential sales and retail & office leasing

Warren Schutt , this is sage advice. I have been practicing yoga at a studio for about six months. What a blessing it has been in restoring the mind-body connection. I wonder if we are distantly related, my maiden name is Schutt.

Mar 25, 2019 04:37 PM
Warren Schutt
Warren Schutt Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Helping People with Their Moves for over 40 Years

That's fascinating. Before the computer age, I was led to believe we were the only "Schutts" in the world. Have since found many. It's a small world.

Mar 26, 2019 04:55 AM