Being a parent can be really stressful at times. Sometimes, the more you read, the more confused you get on which advice to follow. That's why I like Jon Gordon's simple advice on being positive, energetic & enthusiastic in his new book The Energy Bus. I won't mislead you by saying that I have his tips down pat but I reach for his book almost daily for regular reminders. (Page 108 is a great motivator.)
To deal with stress, Jon suggests realizing & saying "I'm too blessed to be stressed." It sounds silly & overly simplified but it does put the focus of living on great things. In a recent seminar, Jon asked us if we wake in the morning saying "Good God, it's morning" or "Good morning, God"? From the start of your day, realizing that each of us is so blessed turns your focal point in a positive direction. Why does "I'm too blessed to be stressed" work? According to Jon: "The reason why this simple, powerful saying works so well is because it is physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. It's the way our brains are wired. When we focus on gratitude and blessings we can't be focusing on the stresses in our life. Instead of flooding our body and brains with stress hormones that age and drain us, we fuel our mind and body with emotions that make us feel great and help us overcome the daily challenges that so often sabotage our joy and happiness."
So the next time you are stressing about picking up the kids from school, preparing dinner, accomplishing everything on your to do list at home or office or both, just stop. Breathe in and think of 5 things you're blessed with: kids, spouse, a job, your health & the opportunity to tackle life in yet another day. You'll be amazed at how your children will respond. I certainly have.
Until the next nap time...