by Tom Isler | August 20, 2008

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Fretting about shrinking budgets -- or anything else, for that matter? Ever since a meeting planner friend had a nervous breakdown, Office Yoga author Darrin Zeer ( has been on a mission to educate other planners about the importance of relaxation. Here are his tips.

The desk stretch.
Lock your hands behind your head, relaxing elbows and shoulders. Smile, breathe and stretch your elbows back, and feel the tightness melt away.

E-mail meditation.
While sorting through the in-box, focus on breathing. Breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in.

Pre-meeting tree pose.
While standing next to a table or chair for balance, remove your shoes and place your left foot against your right thigh (use either hand to hold your left foot in place if it slides). Feel your right foot rooted on the floor and take a deep breath. Repeat the exercise for the opposite leg.

Frozen smile remedy.
When you’re tired of smiling, pretend to chew a large piece of gum up and down and side to side. Shut your eyes tightly and lift your eyebrows up and down. Massage your cheekbones, forehead, temples and eyebrows.