New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 19

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Good morning, beauty! It’s a teeny bit possible that you may encounter just a wee little bit of stress on occasion. To be human is to be stressed sometimes and to be a parent is a whole other level of stress opportunities (and if it isn’t that way for you, ever, why are you here and may I borrow a shake of your secret sauce?) But challenges don’t need to define our experience, and bumping up against stressful situations doesn’t need to change the course of your day.

There’s a mantra for that.


There is no emergency. Lost keys get found. A missed bus is always followed by another one. Even dealing with a person who is being annoying or provocative can be managed with call screening, deflection (“Hey! I forgot to tell you about this crazy thing that happened to me!”) or pausing for 10 mindful breaths and thinking today’s mantra.

There is no emergency. I can choose how I react. I am Calm.

This situation is temporary and while you can’t necessarily control other people or your surroundings, you can learn to control your reaction to them.

Do you use these or other mantras? I hope you’ll share about it in the comments.


Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

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