Underground relief or worry?
The cyclical pattern of the seasons, creates an ebb and flow to our lives, including the beginning of the school year. This time signifies a conclusion of summer, the end of lazy days, and extended bedtimes. Although there may be a hint of rejoice and welcoming of a set routine, another part may perseverate on worry; worrying about how your child will perform this year at school, what peer influences will unfold, along with the general uncertainty for their future. Perhaps it isn’t merely that these thoughts arise, rather how we express these notions, thought our interaction with your child, which ultimately is an extension of the parent-child relationship.
Although simple, not always easy. Breathing supports every function of our physiology-from the cellular level to emotional regulation. Maintaining a calm, non-pressured breath, allows your body to do its job without stress. Restricting it-even unconsciously- impacts one’s ability to navigate heighted states, including uncertainty. Check in with your breath and make adjustments accordingly.
Along with breathing, when we are continually focused on future outcomes, we lose sight of the present moment. Instead we choose to relive past events and try to control future ones. In that mind-frame, we miss moments of living.
Holding onto thoughts of worry and fear, is like feeding a caffeine addict caffeine; the more you give it, the more it wants. When you catch yourself on the hamster wheel of worry, bring yourself back to the moment and breathe. From this point, clarity emerges which will guide your to take appropriate action that is right for the present moment.