Relationship Minute: Repair and restart

Have you ever gotten the day off on the wrong foot? And then it can seem like everything is going downhill. Well, with the concept of “repair and restart” the whole day doesn’t need to be ruined.

Give yourself permission to ask for a “do-over.”

It can be an immediate repair—“I’m sorry, that came out wrong. Can I start again?”

Or the reset can happen later on—“I feel bad about how crabby I was this morning. Can we have a stress-reducing conversation tonight?”

This also applies if you are supervising home-based learning or working from home and need to reset the day. Repair with self-compassion and do something to reset the energy of the day. Listen to music, get up and dance, go for a walk, take a break to meditate—whatever works for you.

It’s never too late to course-correct.

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