Yesterday I spoke to my sister on FaceTime. She lives in Australia with her family and so FaceTime is an amazing way to keep in touch. It means I can see how she is and what is going on for her.
She was super stressed. Work was hectic, one of her children was poorly and at home and she was late back and sounded run off her feet.
So when we were talking she was on the tram on her way home, then she walked from the tram stop and then she arrived at her front door. I could hear her unlocking the door when she arrived.
I said Hannah… STOP for one minute… take a few deep breaths.
Her partner and their children were inside and I knew the second the door opened she would be back on Mum duty.
So she did stop for a couple of breaths, shorter than I would have liked, but still she did it.
She, like so many of us was lost in thought. She was distracted by me talking to her, by the business of her day and by her responsibilities at home. There wasn’t a second for her.
If you arrive home with the baggage of your day weighing heavily on your shoulders you fail to make the most of your family time. When your mind is elsewhere then focussing properly on your children and on yourself is almost impossible.
If you can remember just to stop for a few seconds, and to come back to being you, before you enter back into your home life, then you give your mind a chance to catch up.
A few deep breaths really can make all the difference. When you stand still your mind will slow down too. Connect your mind, body and breath, just for a minute and it will make all the difference.
It will make a difference to how you feel and to how the rest of your day goes. Try it and see.
Come on a Revitalise Session to see how mindfulness could transform your hectic life.