Last night I was given a gift. After tea one of my children asked if we could play chess. For the next 20-30 minutes we sat and played chess, checkers and 'guess who'. It was the highlight of my week.
I am so grateful for the opportunity they gave me, to sit and be with them. As I sat I noticed a shift in my mind. I interpret this has a reaction to a change of routine, both in terms of playing a game and of just sitting in communion. Giving your time, connecting with others are phrases we throw around because we know they are important to our wellbeing, but next time you sit with someone tune in to yourself and you may actually notice the moment your mind makes the shift.
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Ross is a Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Essential Self-Care for Psychologists.