by Kristina Ambler
So most of us are in the second week of the school holidays.
I’m noticing half the people I speak to are wishing the second week gone and are ready to embrace their familiar routines with open arms.
The other half are loving the flexibility and the unpredictable or maybe ‘organised chaos’.
Whichever category you fall under a valuable timeless tip for you and your kids to bring the school holidays home with a bang, is to embrace the breath.
Benefits for the “can’t get them back to school quick enough” are:
A deep breath can help you respond to a situation instead of react. When we are feeling stressed out we are rocking out in a part of our brain that is responsible for fight and flight. So from here it is waiting for us to react impulsively because that is what it is designed to do. When we respond to situations it is more aligned with who we truly are, instead of an impulsive reaction which is generally attached to a past experience. It allows us to have a break from our sometimes heavy over thinking frame of mind to a more playful feeling, enabling us to do things feeling lighter and making it less of a burden.
Benefits for the “wish the week wouldn’t go too quick” are:
Every conscious breath brings you into the moment making you more present with all that is going on around you. From here you can savour and make the most out of each and every minute with your kids for the remainder of the holidays.
Here is where I come clean and let you all know that on any given day and moment, I can go from being present with my girls and savouring moments to having to take an extra, extra deep breath to just keep it together.
My family are good like that, totally unpredictable, just like life!
Some moments I capture and savour and the ones that sometimes look like they belong on a reality tv show, I shake off a little quicker, take a deep breath and start again.
I can guarantee you the more you bring conscious breathing and mindfulness (being present in the moment) into your life the further and far between those not so magic moments arise.
Some food for thought: There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.
This is the reason I chose to go down this path in my own life. It reminds me of that saying “See monkey do”
It starts with YOU!
You can contact Kristina on: