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The kids were so eager to finish dinner. As I cleared the plates away they ran upstairs, grabbed towels from the linen closet, and carefully laid them out in the living room. I found myself seated in half lotus while my 3 year old walked me through some deep breathing exercises. Once he was finished my 4 year old instructed us on Warrior Pose, Downward Facing Dog, and their favorite, Child’s Pose.

I was amused when I learned the kids would participate in a weekly yoga class at school. I couldn’t imagine a classroom full of preschoolers calming their bodies for longer than 5 seconds. But they surprised me. The kids really took to the yoga discipline. It’s a great physical exercise that increases strength and balance. It’s also an excellent opportunity for the children to quiet themselves. When the children get worked up I find that a few minutes of informal yoga really help to relax the situation.

The last few days have been difficult at work. The demand on my time has increased and I’m worried I’ll fall behind or let someone down. I triage my email, expand my to do list, and bite my nails down to their quick. When I return home I’m a ball of stress. What’s worse is my worry is noticed by my kids. Their suggestion? Yoga! We end every evening with a very short yoga session. The deep breathing helps, but the laughs I get from watching the kids contort is the real remedy. I have so much to learn from them.

So, my advice to you? When that report is overdue, the phone won’t stop ringing, or you find a temper tantrum coming on remember to breath deeply and laugh. I promise, it works. How do you decompress at the end of a busy day?


Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox is the Director of Marketing for Second City Works - the B2B division of the famed Second City.

You know the buzzwords; inbound, outbound, content, demand gen, lead gen, martech, social media, account-based, advocacy, customer success, sales enablement, and analytics.She studies it, plans it, executes it, experiments with it, and loves it.

Through discovery, creation, and innovation she's learned to say "Yes, And".Like business, her career is one big improvisational act.

She leads all aspects of the brand and culture, developing and executing a clearly defined, integrated marketing communications strategy.Marilyn is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve objectives of growth, awareness, customer success and making work better.

Marilyn exists to empower sales and support the customer. When not geeking out over marketing analytics, she can be found daydreaming about her unrealized dream as a professional wrestler with the WWE.

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