You may be expecting a delicious breakfast post from today, but unfortunately I was not able to try something new for breakfast this morning. The past two days my stomach has really been bothering me and it's hard to tell if it's all the "new" foods I have been trying, or if it is still rebelling against me from my crazy weekend so I just went with a real boring and usual breakfast this morning to see if I could calm it down. To be honest I did feel better today, but I am still going to try something new-ish tomorrow and hopefully my stomach will cooperate.
Speaking of the tummy, in Kindergarten one of the most important things we learn is how to control our emotions (not that they are experts by first grade haha). Our guidance counselor teaches my kids a song that goes "Put your hand on your tummy, say calm down, take a deep breath and count out loud..." It's a little bit of a joke among the teachers to "put your hand on your tummy" when we are starting to get upset about something. The point of putting your hand on your tummy is supposed to be to check in with your body and see how you are feeling. Though you will not see me actually moving my hand to my tummy, I do think even adults should do this. I know I am the queen of not realizing when I am stressed. Then, the program teaches the kids to either count slowly or take deep breaths to calm themselves down. Counting does not do much for me, but I do take deep breaths. Since I have my moments of "Kelly the stress ball", here are my...
Top 10 Ways to Calm Down
10. Knit (and actually I'm not a good knitter, I can only do scarves that are one color and don't change width at all, but I have to say, not thinking while knitting makes it much more calming)
9. Read a great book
8. Read blogs
7. Watch mindless TV
6. Bake cookies
5. Do some yoga
4. Run, bike, walk etc...
3. Eat some delicious ice cream (or you favorite "comfort" food)- not that I'm supporting emotional eating :)
2. Call a friend
1. LAUGH... seriously, what could be better?
Speaking of laughing, one of my kids had an awesome quote yesterday that I must share. My classroom assistant was telling the kids that when she was little girls weren't really allowed to play sports like they do now. The kids were all discussing how not fair that was, and how great it is that girls can play now and good thing there are no more rules about what girls and boys can do or not do. One of my kids gets a very serious look on his face and goes...
"Well, boys are not allowed to have babies, but that's okay" hahahhaha
Oh kiddos. You make me laugh. That's why I keep them around...though I must admit they are usually the reason I need to calm down!
Tell me, what do you do when you need to calm down?