Time to Hit the “Don’t Panic” Button…
You’re a parent with a baby, and you can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep. You’re rushing around looking for your car keys, only to find that they’re in the microwave that you didn’t turn on – thankfully! The baby bottle that you were going to heat up in the microwave, you locate on the bathroom counter next to the mouthwash.
Your instant coffee tastes, well…instant. And, you brush your hair as you rush out the door, with the baby bottle cleaning brush.
You hold your breath in, anxiety sweeping upon you like a powerful wind.
Your car broke down on the side of the road in the pouring rain without cell reception, and the only person that pulls over to help you looks like an extra from a zombie movie. You don’t know whether to raise your hands up to the sky in praise, or pray the person isn’t a direct reflection of what they look like.
You’ve studied and researched for the well-written speech that you’ve prepared for a presentation in front of your bosses. You’re dressed for success, ready to knock the Gucci socks and heels right off of them! That is, until an intern trips and spills a hot coffee on you.
You might shout in a panic-mode. You might freeze. You might hold your breath until your face turns an off-color. No matter how your panic-mode makes its appearance, it doesn’t ever get you in the best light.
Tough days happen. No one is immune.
When the bird crap falls, it hits those below in its path, regardless of race, age, gender or financial status. It makes no difference if a person is sweet or a snake in the grass. If that person is standing under the poop, the poop will make contact.
Wiping Off The Crap:
The situation will not get any better if you lose your head.
“Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing, and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.” ~ Andrew Weil, M.D.
Laugh whenever you can, as often as you can. Laughter helps to boost energy and decrease the lasting effects of stress.
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
Dancing is one of my personal favorite things to do, whether it’s a stressful time, or not. However, I find a certain peace in dancing when facing life’s challenges. Getting my “Happy Feet” going helps with keeping me balanced, and my mind in a healthy place.
Panic-mode moments in life will happen. When the bird crap falls in situations where you have the ability to turn the outcome around, Breathe, Laugh, Dance, and be thankful that elephants don’t fly!
With heart, Ty