When I have a long to-do list, it’s easy for me to feel stuck. Even with clear priorities, getting started on any one thing can feel very, very new. That’s when I call on a tool from my early childhood musicians. Growing minds and grownup minds need time to make sense and meaning of commands and tasks.
Sneak in some quality processing time by counting down, like rocket blastoff, any time you or your children need a little mindful boost:
5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 🚀
Counting down gives the listener an active role in the transition process. There is a definite end to the count, which even my stressed-out, unmotivated bodymind system senses.
I use this countdown when transitioning out of a fun activity into something on my to-do list, when getting out of bed on a particularly cozy-and-cold day, and when pumping myself up to go into a room full of people who might be new to me.
Mindful seconds spent listening in countdown make for a subtle energy boost of relief when the counting is through, just what I need to get going on the task at hand.
When supporting young students to change gears, I might count down from 10 or even 20, to buy extra time.