Make yourself some tea or coffee and sip it slowly. Literally stop everything you are doing and s-l-o-w-l-y sip that warm liquid, reflecting on how you want your day to be different going forward. I always say a short (or long!) prayer, asking God for His wisdom, forgiveness and the courage to move forward and begin again.
Go for a nature walk. Stop and smell the roses–really! Pick up those multi-colored autumn leaves and admire God’s handiwork. Remember how everything fascinated us when we were children?
Read a good book. Find a book/devotional that speaks to your heart and read, even if it is just for 15 minutes. It will be a wonderful refresher. I have read five minute devotionals before that were are huge encouragement to me and exactly what I needed for that day.
Do a quick workout. Anything that gets the body moving for even 15 minutes can really boost your mood. I like to use the YouTube feature on my TV and pull up a yoga video in my living room and workout there. Sometimes my daughter even joins in. 😉
Sometimes our days just don’t go as planned. We start out with all the best intentions, only to snap or break before it is even noon. When that happens, it is important to remember a couple things…
First, you are human and we ALL have bad days so don’t be so hard on yourself. Second, you can have another chance to start over.
Here are a couple ways to reset when you need a little extra help to get your day back on the right track.
Sometimes the reason for our day getting off to a poor start, is because we go into it with our mental checklist of duties and try to immediately knock out each one, unintentionally ignoring the people who need us the most. I have been guilty of this. When my daughter seems to be misbehaving, and all I want to do is sweep the floor without stopping in the middle of it to clean all the milk she just poured out of her sippy cup, the real issue is that she just needs some one-on-one time. It is okay to leave the dishes in the sink and the floor half swept sometimes, so that our children get to enjoy time spent with us fully present. Often it is all that they want. So on those mornings that you just need a fresh start, maybe a long walk with your child/children is the perfect choice (or cuddling up on the couch for a good book). Those are moments that children file away in their ‘love banks’. Moments that you will always treasure. The dishes can wait.