Many a mid-summer #microholiday has found me breathing with bumblebees. I find it a great way to Calm The Fark Down when I’m feeling smothered by my little peeps. Here’s how it plays out.
First, my muscles tense up & I feel a rush of blood to my head – shiiit – this’ll get messy if I don’t CTFD. Through gritted teeth I force out something like: “I’m feeling SO frustrated right now. I need some space. Give me 2 minutes BY MYSELF to calm down.”
I then (carefully) plonk my frazzled self down on the grass amongst the bees & set the timer on my phone for 2 minutes. I bring my attention to my breathing. I count each breath – in 1, out 1, in 2, out 2, etc until 10, and then begin again at 1. When my mind wanders, I gently bring it back to my breath. I don’t try to change my breathing, but I notice it slow and deepen on its own as I disengage from the cacophony in my head & focus on what’s happening right now, in this moment. My breath. The bees. The breeze.
Give it a whirl yourself.
YES, the kids will try to follow you, jump on you & stick their fingers up your nose. DON’T GIVE UP. They’ll leave you to it once they realise that:
- 2 minutes isn’t long,
- There’s a chance they’ll get stung (talk this up if need be), &
- Monster Mum will disappear once you’ve reset your nervous system.
Take a deep breath when your timer sounds, then slowly “haaaaaaa” it all out. Smile. Everything’s OK :-)
We don’t need silence, solitude or serenity to take a mindful mini-break. Mindfulness works in real life – we simply sit down and enjoy our breath. (Preferably minus the finger up the nose & the bee sting on the bum, but hey – we’re Mums – we can multitask.)
What’s your most used CTFD technique? Let me know in the comments below :-)