Organize your attitude #23
My Fitbit taught me this lesson.
I should have learned it earlier. When my son would start getting angsty over long division or reducing fractions, I’d send him out to run a lap around the yard. He didn’t think it helped, but it did. Using his body helped relax his mind. His breathing pattern changed. He got some fresh air and some space from the situation. When he came back, he had a fresh start and could tackle the problem with renewed attention.
Turns out, I needed the same thing.
If it all suddenly feels like too much, rather than try to pick up speed and then lose it altogether, I now hop outside myself “to get steps.” Because of my Fitbit and the compulsion to rack up the step count it brings, I do this even when I’m not about to lose it inside, but as a coping strategy, it works wonders.
Fresh air, physical activity, a little space to take deep breaths, a way to capture some quiet moments to pray and repent and get ready to reengage – getting out for a few steps helps me organize my attitude as much as it helps my son tackle his math.
Of course, it could also make things worse. If I go out not to repent and regain calm but to mull over my problems and stew in my bad attitude, it would make things worse.
It’s not the steps themselves that help. It is how I use the time. Taking the steps is the structure I’ve set around taking a “time out” to put myself back to rights. The fresh air and the physical activity support the prime goal: organizing my attitude.
Plus, I get more steps added to my day.