GATEWAY TO HAPPINESS
4.9 Take a mental vacation to create inner calm. You feel relaxed when you take a vacation because your mind is at rest. The change in external environment makes it easier to put aside the stressful aspects of your daily life.
While we do not always have the ability to go to the mountains or travel to Switzerland whenever we feel excessively tense and under stress, we do have the ability to take a mental trip to peaceful and serene locations. Sitting in your chair with your eyes closed, you can imagine any place in the world where you can feel calm. Don’t wish you were there, but actually feel as if you are there.
See how calm you start feeling as you mentally picture yourself in a peaceful meadow or forest or garden. Imagine yourself being without any worries or anxieties. While a person should not use this as an escape from solving his problems, ten or fifteen minutes can be as relaxing as a short nap and has the ability to ease tension.
PEACE OF MIND