Inhale…..Hold……Exhale……Repeat, If Necessary.

When you buy a bottle of shampoo, the instructions on the back say, “Lather, Rinse, and Repeat.”

After you have had kids, and all of that loud noise is created by those playful children within the once-quiet rooms of your home, remember the shampoo instructions…..but replace them with the words, “Inhale……Hold……Exhale…..Repeat.”

Continue repeating this process until the stress level goes down. Then, and, only then, should you approach the young ones and quietly remind them to use their indoor voices during their playtime inside. Also, remember, you need to use YOUR indoor voice, too.

Other times where this stress-relieving process can be helpful is when other types of events are beyond your control. There are many examples of these, including:

1. driving in heavy traffic with the kids in the back seat not wanting to stay in their seats

“Hey, let’s play with this frisbee I left under the seat.”

2. waiting in long lines outside without an umbrella while it rains

“So these portable buildings save the state some money.”

3. being put on hold by your electric company during a power outage

“Are there any humans working today?”

4. waiting to see the only doctor-on-call at the Emergency Room

“The doctor will be able to look at your bleeding head in about one hour.”

5. getting stopped for a traffic violation in front of a friend or relative’s home

“Hi, Dad! Yeah, I remember what you told me about speeding.”

6. running out of money at the laundromat while all of your clothes are in the washer

“Do you have a big bag I can carry my wet clothes in until I get more change.”

7. learning that you forgot your wallet after eating out at a restaurant

“How many hours of dishwashing do I have to do?”

8. being invited to a Halloween costume party on October 31st without a costume

“Don’t you have any costumes left for men?”

9. being flagged by TSA, as suspicious, while going through airport security

“No, I have never left the United States.”

10. learning that your window seat on the airplane is next to one man who has brought

his collection of polka songs to listen to during the six-hour flight, and a woman,

who was allowed to keep her loud chihuahua with her on the plane.

“Hello, stewardess, are there any empty seats available on the plane?”

Whenever possible, the use of relaxing portable music to go along with this breathing process can be helpful. If this doesn’t help, you might try the bottle of shampoo. Have a good one!