This week's mantra brought to you by a bit of stress. Does anyone else tune everyone out when you're stressed? It's basically like being constantly distracted. This week, I'm going to make a conscious effort not to do that.
Why am I stressed, you ask?
Well, luckily it's nothing too bad. Basically, my puppy's spay surgery was more than $100 cheaper to have done in Syracuse, so I drove the four hours here over the weekend. Her surgery is tomorrow and then, based on how she's doing, we'll make our way home a few days after that. It may sound silly to find this stressful, but I have never been around a dog after surgery and I am easily upset when it comes to dogs...
For example: Mabel's eye swelled shut once and I called my mom crying and could barely even look at my dog's face. I am one of those people who believes dogs are angels on Earth us and should be treated as such! Haha! Anyway, I get stressed thinking about the fact that Mabel will be sore, freaked out, scared, and miserable. Especially because she won't be able to do her favorite stress-reliever: running!
Between that, the driving, working away from home, and generally feeling off-my-game, I've noticed I haven't been a good listener this past week. Even with a counseling degree (which is 50% listening), I still forget to use those skills.
I am going to try to take a breath before responding to people and practice mindfulness (and meditation) so that I can be present when coworkers/parents/friends/etc. are communicating with me.
Note: I am well-aware that stress over a dog surgery is small potatoes and I am eternally grateful for that. All the same, some small stressors are great ways to practice mindfulness during unpleasant times, so you're better at it during really difficult situations!
If you've ever had a dog spayed or neutered and have any tips, I'd love to hear them!