As a working mom from home I don't have the luxury of transition between work and home. What happens with work can affect how I am with my family at times. When I catch myself overreacting, I give myself the gift of a few moments of silence and reflection.
First, I remind myself that my children don't really know or understand what happened before they got home that has put me in a "dark" mood.
Then, I ask myself these questions: "Do I really like who I am right now? Is this the person I want to be?" "Am I being in the moment or am I still living in what happened five hours ago?" I tell my children that I had a tough day and I need a little time to ground myself.
I take a few minutes off and remove myself. I may take a walk in the garden which instantly changes my perspective or I just step outside and take a few deep cleansing breaths. I drink some water. It takes less than 5-10 minutes and I feel brand new again and ready to re-enter.
on 2nd December 2008