Recently I was in the kitchen making breakfast, feeding the dogs, prepping school lunches, and all the other things I do each morning. I was aware that my kids and my husband, Chris, were in the kitchen with me—but only vaguely because my mind was racing with thoughts. Chris was asking me a question, but I could barely hear him. He asked me the same question a couple of times. Still no answer. He finally took me by the shoulders and asked me if I was OK.
I realized in that moment that even though I was doing everything "right" by checking boxes like nobody’s business, I was nowhere near present and connected with my family. It was only 7:14 a.m. on a Tuesday, and I was so preoccupied that I couldn’t simply be with the people who mean the most to me.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? So many of us fly into go-go-go mode the moment we wake up, grab our phones, check the calendar, and immediately react to the world. With checklist in hand, the day begins as a race, heart rate already elevated and mind already spinning. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, our bodies are producing cortisol and our stress levels are beginning to rise even before we get out of bed.