5 Loving Strategies To Help Create A Tranquil Home During COVID-19
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family – Anthony Brandt”
These last few weeks, I’ve been waking up not really knowing what day or time it is. I attempt to keep myself and my family on what seems like the easiest of schedules. Some days it works and other days it doesn’t. As I’m feeling unstable, I’m grasping for something solid to feel more grounded and in control. I’m sure you can relate.
I think the most unsettling feeling that’s with me most days is that I’m in a very familiar place, my home, yet it feels so very, very unfamiliar. A friend used the Stranger Things analogy of the Upside Down World to describe how they’re feeling. Yikes……
As parents, one of the many responsibilities is to keep the homefront organized and on schedule. This can mean different things to different people. I personally like to have a lot more flexibility in our daily schedule, where others prefer a strict regimen. Wherever you fall, it’s been a roller coaster the last few weeks and all bets are off.
Here’s what I can share about uncertainty. It’s about perception. Your perception can cause heaps of stress. Pay attention to how you’re perceiving your world. Are you seeing the end of days, or can you find the gifts and generosity that are shining bright in between the news headlines?
As a parent, when you’re stressed out, your nervous system impacts everyone around you. Your kids are especially sensitive to your emotional states. The most important thing you can do right now is keep your stress and nervous system calm and centered. Daily intentional practices can help you keep the dark forces of stress at bay. Here’s some helpful tips:
- Identify your why. Ask yourself why it’s important to outsmart stress. Ask yourself why self care is the most important thing you can be giving to yourself to right now.
- Awareness. Recognize what sets you off. Make healthy choices to minimize the triggers. If you’re checking the news feeds several times a day, take it down to one or two.
- Get off to a good energetic start in the morning. Do things that make you feel more grounded and calm first thing in the morning. Pray, meditate or do breathwork first thing in the morning, even if that means you wake up a bit sooner than the rest of the household. Create sacred space for yourself.
- Eat plenty of healthy food. Drink plenty of water. Get plenty of sleep. This goes for everyone.
- Lighten up. Have some fun with the kids. Play more music. Sing together (fyi…..singing quickly resets the nervous system). When YOU feel more ease, they’ll respond in kind. You might notice that family outbursts and tantrums subside, both with kids and adults!
I’m here if you need support. Kind regards, Lorie