After a busy weekend away, I felt like I was scrambling today. Not just to complete today’s to-do list, but to catch up on the past four days, too. And I know we’ve all been there.
It was the perfect day, in other words, for a peace hug.
What’s a peace hug, you might ask? Babies (and older kids) can pick up on your mood when you’re stressed, or tense, or anxious, and one of the best tricks you can have up your sleeve as a parent is a way to calm yourself down. You can do this simple hug after you erupt, if it comes to that, but ideally you’ll do it before and prevent the stress eruption in the first place.
Feeling my stress rising, I simply took Veronika to my chest on the couch and sat.
Listen to your breathing. Listen to your baby’s breathing. Feel your chests rising up and down together.
It might take as long as five minutes, but gradually you’ll feel yourself relax. Keep hugging. If baby falls asleep, then the peace hug has worked even better.
Consider this peace hug offering my belated Happy Mother’s Day wish to all my readers! I remain so grateful for your readership.