CHAPTER-15 EXERCISES AND RELAXATION There is a common saying “All work (i.e. study) and no play makes jack a dull boy indeed”. This is absolutely true. If a student always studies other than school/ college timings also, sooner or later he feels exhausted both physically and mentally. So to strike a balance between study, exercise and relaxation a student should be encouraged to play outdoor games which involve good physical exercise and mental relaxation. It is much better than watching TV for long hours or sitting and playing games on the computer or unnecessary gossiping. It is not necessary to go to the gym, you can do some free-hand exercises, morning walk, jogging and in the evening after coming back from school, play some outdoor games. But over body and mind fresh and it. You feel sleepy while studying. Few minutes of exercise everyday even during the exam days also helps you to keep your body and mind fresh and it. A) Meditation: Practice meditation early in the morning. First concentrate your mind in one of the following methods: 1. Sit upright in a comfortable chair or assume a cross-legged posture on the floor, close your eyes and count down even numbers from 100 98 96…say upto 0 in your mind till you get sufficient concentration. 2. Fix your eyes at a prominent dot on the wall for sometime with blinking or 3. Close your eyes and imagine a very big circle, slowly go on reducing the size of the circle till it becomes a dot. How to do meditation? First inhale and exhale deeply several times to get the physical relaxation. If you have a devotional temperament, imagine the presence and blessings of your favourite God/ Goddess or your Guruji, if any. While inhalation, mentally recite a chosen word or mantra such as God Peace Joy or any other word pleasant to you. When you exhale, feel happy and peaceful. The quality of meditation and not the duration is what you are interested in. first try out for 5 minutes. Initially you may not be able to concentrate but don’t leave it. Go on trying for it then you would eventually love to do it. Rest in a state of mental peace ignoring the surroundings. Human mind is full of thoughts random and never ceasing. It’s impossible for an average person to stop these thoughts and the only way to get some control over them is to adopt a steady watching attitude by practicing meditation. Utilities: It helps you to concentrate on your inner self which in its turn helps you to understand yourself better. The better you understand yourself, the quicker you can relax. During meditation stage, energy flows smoothly and the mind clams down. Decrease anxiety, higher level of relaxation and progress towards realizing yourself. “To dispel the darkness of desperation and usher in the glorious sunlight of successful and hopeful living” “Believe in luck and “You keep up your spirit consistently, “Develop a work hard, the more you work hard, go never allow to the determinationit to more you have of it”. evaporate”. beyond your best”.