Generally my life has been so jammy I wonder if I am in fact a piece of toast, but there have been a few 'crunch' moments since being a mum that have encouraged me to apply the principles I teach in my positivity classes.
I thought I'd share my fave crumbs of wisdom.
- "We are not given more than we can cope with." I find this a comforting belief. After all, I am super lucky that I have a house and a baby and an insurance process to fix the floor. This leads to...
- Gratitude. During a challenging evening of parenting my husband and I thought of three things we were each grateful for and felt much better.
- Mindfulness. One of the mad Literature Festival volunteers I spoke to explained that they managed to work all day, party all night, barely sleep and sustain this lifestyle by actively concentrating on the present. It takes practice but it works.
- "I have begun to discover that God often sends us difficulties so that we learn to understand the tribulations of others, and, rather than rely on our own strength, turn to Him for help" - Neerja Choudhury. Neerja speaks from a Hindu perspective and I love her point about empathy and community. Asking for help is a brilliant idea and parenting has made me appreciate the value of my network. I recruited a couple of passing joggers to hang out my washing one day when my baby was sobbing during a growth spurt - they were happy to assist and I shall always remember their kindness.
Thanks if you are part of the flawless support I have received when the toaster of life turned up the heat and I'd love to hear your stories of slices of niceness!