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Take a moment for you
Posted: February 15, 2012
Last Updated: February 15, 2012

Your cell phone is ringing; the pager is buzzing; the kids are screaming; dinner isn’t even started; the house needs cleaning; the dog needs out. And you wish Calgon really could just “take you away.”


The Calgon commercials had the answer to fighting stress, as it would whisk overstressed women away to luxuriate in a flower -scented bubble bath. It urged people to take time away from the hubbub of daily-life; just long enough to soak in a hot bath could change your outlook on life, if you believed the commercial.


Fortunately, Calgon was right. A few minutes for yourself every day can change your outlook on life. According to the world renown Mayo Clinic, taking as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day to relax can help combat depression, lighten your mood and help you lower your stress levels.


When was the last time you took an hour for you? 30 minutes? 15 minutes? When was the last time you read a book just for you or sat in a room alone just thinking? Could it be so long ago that you don’t remember?


In our hectic modern life we can forget to even take a minute for ourselves. Instead of pursuing our own interests or hobbies, we find ourselves sitting in front of the television watching “Must see TV” or parked in front of the computer checking all our important junk emails.


Don’t be afraid to take those few minutes for yourself every day. Break away from the television or computer. Shut off your cell phone. Just spend a few minutes pursuing your own interests every day or every week. Join a local sports team, take a class you’ve always dreamed of taking, take a walk or join a hiking group.


If you have kids consider going on a picnic in the beautiful Gila Forest when the weather warms up or go on an outing to the park. Just a half hour of playing with your kids can be good for the whole family. You might not be able to be alone, but you can de-stress and have some fun.


The Mayo Clinic also recommends taking 30-mintues a day to exercise. Regular physical activity can help loosen muscles and relieve those aches and pains. Plus, regular exercise can help relieve emotional intensity. Daily exercise can raise your energy levels and help relieve depression.


If it seems impossible to take a moment for yourself or you feel overwhelmed by all your obligations in life consider reassessing your obligations or reviewing your schedule. Maybe you need some help in prioritizing your daily responsibilities. Border Area Mental Health Services offer highly trained counselors who can help you reassess your goals and obligations to help you find a little time for yourself.


To reach Border Area Mental Health Services in Grant and Hidalgo Counties, call 388-4412; in Catron County, call 533-6649 for referral; in Luna County, call 546-2174.  For CRISIS, call 538-3488 or outside Silver City, call 1-800-426-0997.

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