• Laura

Staying Calm during the School Holiday Madness

As I am writing this, it is the first 2 days of the Summer holidays and I'm working from home whilst juggling work. The kids are off school and generally being typical kids - arguing, constantly requesting snacks, and declaring "I'm booooooooored" every 5 minutes.

With 6 weeks to go, I have work to do, a heatwave means that I am hot and flustered, the house is a mess, the dog is going loopy as she missed her lunchtime walk due to the heat and am starting to feel that niggle of irritability starting to creep in.

Have you ever noticed that some people stay calm under pressure much better than others? The secret is, remaining calm can actually be a skill you can practice and train yourself to acquire.

Everyone has a different tolerance for stress, but with practice, it is possible to become much more resilient in the face of adversity.

We all have different levels, but every level can be improved, whatever your starting point. There are a number of contributing factors that impact on your ability to deal with stressful situations, and a significant factor is what skills you have in your "toolbox" to turn to when required.

Here are a number of techniques that could enable you to learn to handle stress like a Zen monk during the school holidays, or in fact, any time:

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