Quick stress Rx

Write the word “breathe” on a sticky note. Put the note where you will see it often; on your computer, dashboard, workstation, cash register, or cell phone. Or program it into a pop-up e-mail or PDA reminder.

When you see the note, do this:

  • Stand quietly. Take your mind away from what is going on around you.
  • Take several slow, deep breaths. Count to five each time you inhale and exhale.
  • Be right here, right now.

Most of us worry about things that never happen or things that happened in the past. What is real is what is happening in the present — right now.

Say to yourself as often as needed each day: Where am I? Here. What time is it? Now.