I’ll share a personal example of something I’m currently working on. Research shows that by the end of the day, when we’re tired and our reserves our low, we’re more likely to be mentally fatigued and react poorly to external pressures.
I’d begun to notice that after the accumulated fatigue of several hard-working days had built up, I was more likely to snap at my wonderful husband (often over small things). So, I set a personal goal for myself – I knew that I had the opportunity to be either angry or kind in those situations, and I really wanted to be kinder. Now I make a conscious effort to choose warmer words to respond better in scenarios where I feel frustrated, and if I can’t, I take a breath and say nothing.
Of course, I don’t always get it right, but by creating this awareness and attempting to make better choices, I have been able to minimise my negative responses. With a simple change and by regularly reflecting on how I’m going, I’m starting to create positive and sustainable change.