Month: April 2014

How Do you Work The 2nd Shift?

CWM_walkinginthedoorCan you relate to this?

You’ve put in a full day in the office, you’re rushing home to start dinner, and you really have to pee-but the second you walk into front door, you’re faced with a screaming toddler (or two or three) and a partner you have had a great conversation with in days….welcome to the second shift. How do you work it?

For years, I would literally feel this physical sense of anxiety and force take over my body when I would walk in the door, and I was so confused by it. On one hand, I was so excited to see my children and eager to hug them, hear about their days and at the same time, I didn’t want to be touched. I wanted to set my bag down, look through the mail and pee. In fact, I could even feel the physical anticipation before I would even pull into the driveway. I would get antsy, sometimes a headache, irritable and just impatient. I knew that this wasn’t how I wanted to be showing up when I greeted my children after being gone for the day.

I decided it was time for me to actually develop a process that I could use in those very moments between pulling into the driveway and greeting my children, that would turn this high anxiety ridden situation into one of my most treasured moments of the day. To learn more about the process, subscribe to Conscious Working Mama!