In the last post The Power of a Mood I asked you to become aware of what energy your are bringing to your home. As parents we can affect the whole house. What if the energy you brought the the house was more frantic than you would like. How can you bring more peace to your house?
Watch the self talk – awfulizing, generalizing and time scarcity thoughts create frantic actions
Give yourself a 1 minute time out to breathe
Take a walk around your house looking at the flowers or whatever before coming into the house
Practice looking at the good in people and situations
Go upstairs to get the kids instead of yelling up the stairs
Find a few minutes to center yourself every day whether it’s prayer, meditation, yoga
Listen with eyes and ears as much as possible.
Give yourself 1/2 hour to wind down before bed so you can actually sleep
Pause for grace before dinner
Remember, "Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy" during conflicts
Listen carefully to how you speak
See when you are the most frantic and problem solve – find different routines, get started earlier, plan ahead
Respond thoughtfully instead of reacting
Play soft music sometimes
Of course none of us are going to bring peaceful energy all the time, so be gentle with yourself as well.