Today my guest is Kirsten Pontius. Kirsten is an expat, she is a wellness specialist. She works with individuals on their personal wellbeing but she also works with staff in international schools who are often forgotten! Kirsten and I met a few years ago in a workshop and we have recently reconnected. She gives us her insights and shares tools we can use when we are overwhelmed, which can definitely happen when our partner’s are away and we are the only adult at home.
In This Episode:
We're meant to have that kind of elevated stress response, 1%-3% of our lives
01:55 Helping families of staff of international schools
04:40 Kirsten’s story: from long-distance dating to 15 years abroad to holistic support
09:15 How can we break up the stress response so that we are not living in it all day every day. Especially when we feel there is no time to stop.
Flexing the breath muscle with a breath point
Telling your body you are safe
Use a 3-min timer
24:20 Plan B as a Baseline
Building routine and automation to reduce decision fatigue when we live transient and changing lives
32:33 Achievable morning and evening routines as downtime
36:38 Considering what we are modeling
38:49 It’s not the expat ‘holding the fort’ lifestyle