Yesterday afternoon I picked Noah up from pre school. He was lying down when I arrived and the carers told me that he had been feeling a bit under the weather.
He seemed to perk up and happily started to walk back to the car with me. As we had just gone through the gate to the car park the most unexpected thing happened…
Noah projectile vomited about 4 times.
There was a huge pile of vegetables and beans on the car park, he had clearly not digested his dinner at all!
Poor Noah. He has never been sick and he clearly didn’t have a clue what was happening to him. He looked amazed as vast amounts of food reappeared through his mouth.
To be honest I was just as shocked. I had no idea he was feeling that poorly.
So we drove home slowly with a blanket ready to catch any more sick and I got him in the bath and cosy on the sofa with a bowl (just in case).
He ate plain breadsticks for tea when he got hungry and he rehydrated with water.
It struck me how calmly he dealt with it all. I haven’t been sick for ages but I remember the last time I was it completely stressed me out and made me cry.
So why the difference?
I think it is all to do with expectation. Noah had no idea what to expect so he just coped with it as it happened.
Previous experience would fill my mind with fear if I felt that sick. The memories of previous experiences would make me tense and then the whole experience would be much worse. Thankfully this was not so for Noah because he had no idea about what would happen.
Because he did not anticipate the situation he was not anxious and the whole experience passed extremely smoothly. There were no tears and very little drama.
Mindfulness is a great way to be present in the moment rather than predicting disaster. When we are present in the moment we avoid anxiety and we tend to be more relaxed and in control of situation.
Come on a Revitalise Session to see how a calm approach to life makes things so much better. Anxiety and distress really can be reduced with a Mindful approach.