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Cruise Control

Whether you're commuting by train or car, the evening trip home can be productive. Use the time to destress from a hard day at the office with these exercises:

Breathe deeply. To a slow count of eight, inhale slowly, hold your breath, and exhale slowly. Repeat as many times as needed.

Shoulder squeezes. Keeping the rest of your body relaxed, shrug your shoulders up to your ears. Drop them; pause and relax. Repeat as necessary.

Sleep it off. Try a five-minute nap (only if you're a passenger, of course). Step 1: With eyes open, begin counting to 10, closing your eyes very slowly as you count. Step 2: When your eyelids are shut, say to yourself, "I am resting and dozing." Count to 10 in this closed-eye position. Step 3: Open your eyes very slowly. When they're fully open, say to yourself, "I'm still resting and dozing." Step 4: Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 for about five minutes. Then blink your eyes quickly 10 to 20 times, and then say to yourself, "I am fully awake now."

Walk it off. Stride quickly around the parking lot before getting into your car to head home. If you're commuting by bus or train, get off one stop before your usual and walk the rest of the way home briskly.

Or take a slow stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of the evening-a great way to forget the demands of business.

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This article was originally published in the July 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Go, Team!.

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