M: What kind of holiday do you prefer? Are you fond of travelling?
W: Not exactly. A change of scene — just a break from the office routine is often enough for me.
M: May I help you?
W: Yes. When is the next train to Ottawa?
M: Let me check. It leaves in 30 minutes.
W: OK. One ticket, please.
M: Come on, Sally. It's time to get up.
W: But it's only 8:00 and my appointment with the dentist is at 10:30.
M: But he texted me, asking me to take you there one hour earlier.
W: OK, Dad.
W: Hey, guys! We need two volunteers here to help prepare for tomorrow's conference.
M: I am free all day, and perfectly willing to give you a hand.
W: Thanks a lot. Come with me, please!
M: We hear so much about the consequences of having too much waste plastic around us, don't we?
W: Indeed, not only does it cause a mess, but also wildlife, particularly ocean animals are at risk when they eat it.
M: I couldn't agree more! We should use plastic as little as possible.
M: Welcome to my home!
W: Thank you!
M: I hear you are very keen on ballet. Have you been to the China Theatre?
W: Not yet. We've been very busy all this week.
M: I'd suggest a visit to the China Theatre tonight.
W: That would be great. What's on tonight?
M: The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. It's a great ballet. And we can finish up with dinner at the restaurant.
W: That couldn't be better.
M: The headmaster's speech is at 8:46, isn't it?
W: Yes, and it is the guest of honour's speech after that.
M: Ken Power is the guest of honour, right?
W: Yes, he is.
M: The baseball game is next, isn't it?
W: No, it isn't. It's the variety show or you can watch the football match.
M: When does the baseball game start?
W: At 10:30.
M: It's a pity you didn't read Island Intrigue.
W: Yes, I know. I've wanted to read it for some time. Everyone says it's interesting and very readable.
M: What sorts of books do you like best?
W: Horror stories, thrillers and science fiction. That's why I want to read Island Intrigue. I hear it's a good thriller. How about you? What kinds of books do you like?
M: Adventure stories, horror stories...mmm...actually, I'm not too choosy.
W: Maybe we can exchange books some time.
M: That's a good idea. When would you like to do it?
W: I'm available at any time. Just let me know in advance.
M: Jane, when you were in college, where did you live?
W: The first year I lived in the dormitory that was quite close to the campus. It was about a five-minute walk so it was very convenient.
M: Did you enjoy living in the dormitory?
W: Not really. There were so many students packed into such a small space that one did not get a sense of privacy at all.
M: Yeah, so what about food? Did you have a kitchen? Did you cook?
W: In the dormitories, no! We had a dining hall. It was a common area where everyone went downstairs at the same time. It was only open for three hours in the morning, three hours in the evening and we all shared our time together, kind of like a family.
M: Yeah! Yeah! How about your laundry? How would you wash your clothes?
W: We had laundry machines on every other floor in the dorm building.
M: And what would students do for fun? For socializing?
W: We joined different clubs for fun.
M: Wow! That's great!
W: Sure was!
W: In the previous talk, we discussed one way to manage stressful thoughts by being more positive. Sometimes it is also necessary to learn how to physically relax to regain calmness. Breathing deeply and slowly can relieve stress. It helps reduce tension, slow the heart rate, relax muscles and calm the mind. Like learning any new skill, learning to relax simply takes regular practice, patience and time. Don't be concerned if your progress seems slow. Becoming tense or worried about relaxing is of course not very relaxing. One of the most frequent problems during relaxation is the occurrence of disturbing thoughts. Don't worry if your mind wanders. Just try to refocus your attention on your breathing. Another problem can be disturbance from the outside. If possible, try to select a time and place where you won't be disturbed.
After you have practiced relaxation for 10 sessions, then you can begin to use it for a problem situation. For example, schedule practice sessions before your high tense parenting times, such as just before going home from work and picking up the kids, or as you notice your annoyance level starting to increase.