Today my 11 year old daughter and I went shopping together. We have done this countless times and often, it ends up in sheer frustration for both of us. It seems we only shop for clothes for her when there is an important event or she has all of a sudden grown out of everything she owns. With that kind of urgent need, it always brings on great amounts of stress.
For example, a day before her 5th grade graduation a couple weeks ago, we were frantically trying to find a cover-up to go over her dress that had spaghetti straps. The straps were against dress code so it was something we HAD to find that night since we didn't have a plan "b" dress. And THAT was stressful. Shopping when its last minute is sure to make even the happiest people turn a little grumpy.
We are going to Arizona on vacation in a few weeks and we decided to go shopping today for her clothes. Since the event is still a bit away, we had no real expectations going in. Our day went perfectly without having the added stress on us. We found everything she needed (and then some!) and even enjoyed a stop for frozen yogurt. I realized as we got in the car to come home, after shopping for hours, that we were both in a great mood and singing to all the songs on the radio. Usually we are both worn out and not in the mood for chit chat, much less singing.
My goal for this year is to stress less. Sure I have a lot going on, but I am making the effort to turn off all electronics and actually be present in the moment. That is what I did today and it was just perfect!
My mission as a Certified Health Coach is to make the world a happier, healthier place, one person, one meal at a time, with love and gratitude. I work to inspire others to live a life of prevention and overall wellness!