Anxiety can crop up at any time, even on holiday!
This morning Noah and I went off to do some early shopping in Newquay and then went to meet my Mum and Dad at a cafe closer to our holiday home.
Noah and I had spoken about going to Rock later on today. We were planning to go on the ferry from Padstow. We had been talking about it for the last few days and Noah was really excited about getting a toy shark grabber that he wanted from the RNLI shop.
When we mentioned it to Dad he felt strongly that we should save it until tomorrow when we could go early and avoid the busiest time for parking and for the ferry.
When he heard this Noah was instantly in floods of tears, he was SO disappointed. Mum and Dad then thought Noah was overtired that that we should definitely not go today.
I was completely torn. I didn’t want to let Noah down but I also didn’t want to look like I was a push over parent to my parents!
I decided to stand by my promise and go ahead with the Rock trip. Dad didn’t come and took the dog back.
For a short while I really felt my anxiety levels rise. It was the first time we had had any disagreement on our holiday. I am a real peacekeeper and I couldn’t stand the thought that anyone was less than happy.
As we drove to Padstow I focussed on my breath. I noticed the pauses at the beginning and end of each breath. Before I knew it my breath had slowed and I had chilled out.
Noah, Mum and I had the most lovely time in Padstow and Rock. We had a drink, enjoyed the view whilst we were on the ferry, and pottered round the shops. It was perfect.
Don’t let anxious moments ruin your time. Just a simple exercise such as focussing on the breath can really sort things out. Come on a Revitalise Session for more tips on how to recover mental calm.