School is back in session! For me that means lots of driving, dealing with other drivers, providing lunches for multiple children, and helping the grandchildren with homework along with my normal responsibilities. It can get a bit crazy at times. But remembering that I can only control my reactions to any given situation is crucial for my sanity and to help those around me not feel mistreated/underappreciated.
It is easy to forget sometimes and react to things like an inconsiderate driver who cuts you off in the school pick-up line. Or when a child become distracted, and you have explained the same problem three times. But when we react negatively, like getting angry and verbalizing it, it not only teaches others how not to behave it can cause emotional damage. For example, when we react harshly or with a dismissive tone it can make those around us feel like they have done something wrong or that what they have to say is not important conveying the wrong sediment.
Remembering to take a breath before we react can help us react better to any situation. It will help us get better control of our actions which will result in better reactions of those around us. We are not perfect and may forget this from time to time, but learning to say, “I’m sorry” and reframing reaction can turn a negative reaction into a positive one. So, take control of your reactions, it can make a crazy day turn into a happy productive one and preserve your relationships with your family and friends.