I heard this little ditty on a children’s TV programme this week, it woke me up a bit.
Watching my little people dutifully taking deep breaths as they watched was sobering, it left me wondering what else they absorb from watching TV programmes. Then I got to reflecting on the impact of my own intake of dramas and news on my well-being, what goes for them goes for me too it seems.
I’ve been noticing since what calms, inspires, agitates and saddens me, and how my sleep pattern changes when I do or don’t use screens. It’s been interesting to suss out the differences and to experiment with my habits. Just bringing them into awareness has helped me plan my intake in a way that maximises health and minimises disruption to my state of mind.
I smiled to notice myself taking advice from a light-hearted kid’s show, it was a lovely reminder that teaching is everywhere, and we get to choose what we pay attention to and take in.
Where in life could you usefully take a moment, breath, and plan to do something different?