Those of you that know me are probably aware that I run a “pretty tight ship” (as I’ve been told). I am a working Mom of two with one on the way, a business owner, and I intently juggle my marriage, family, friends, faith, and yes, a little time for me. Most parents can relate. I often feel anxious if anything throws me off schedule, knowing that because the ship is so tight, this will effect us somewhere down the road (usually the next day).
Today I took a few minutes while I ate to read a blog I enjoy www.simplemarriage.com He has great tips. One of them I had saved from last week (because I didn’t have time to read it then!) was about taking time to literally breathe. I am so grateful for that blog because I needed that reminder about 10 minutes later.
I was so excited that I had come to my time in the week that I carve out for blogging. It’s not as long as I like but I enjoy it so much that I look forward to it. As I logged onto our blog, my computer wouldn’t let me get to the page! Ugh! I called my poor I.T. husband in desperation who told me it was fine and to just shut down the internet and restart it- voola! So I begin writing..yaayy! I am enjoying this time, only to be kicked off by our wireless network not once, not twice but three times!! In the process, losing my 1st blog. By the 2nd time I started saving every couple minutes!
Usually if something like this happens, I take the few minutes it takes for the internet to come back and I read an email on my phone or do something else. But today I just sat and breathed!! Can I tell you what that did for me? One, remembering to breathe will help me tremendously in 5 weeks as I deliver our baby! Really though, I felt my body relax, my thoughts adjust to more healthy ones, and I felt myself being ok with the present moment. It was so helpful. We all need to just breathe! Take a deep breath and feel the air fill your belly and your lungs. Adjust your thoughts and be ok with where you are. It really does help.
So, you didn’t get the blog I planned today. Instead I felt I could share the tip that saved me today! I hope it was helpful. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!
*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.