When we are overwhelmed, our kids become overwhelmed… and vice versa.
So how can we help calm our nerves and find clarity when we are feeling overwhelmed?
• Start with a few sprays in the room of a calming hydrosol. Lavender and Chamomile are great options!
• Now take a few deep breaths focusing on relaxing your shoulders as you exhale.
• Look around and verify with yourself that you are in a grounded and safe space.
• Look around and note what your children are doing, that they are healthy and well, and are safe.
• Take a few minutes to deep breathe again, focusing on relaxing those shoulders. Stretch in a few directions to increase circulation to the muscles that were just overly tensed.
• Now make a NEW list for the day. A list that is more doable.
- Start with writing down what absolutely needs to get done right now.
- Next write down what needs to get done before the end of the day.
- Now make a separate list of the things you would also like to accomplish today. Maybe this is getting the dishes, laundry, or vacuuming done?
- Make some time frames that are doable, noting nap time or any of your child’s activities, for the things you absolutely have to do today.
* Always add an extra 30 minutes in case you get interrupted, or if it takes you longer than expected.
* Also be sure to add time with the kiddos that is just that - time with the kiddos… all of your focused attention before you start your next task.
- If you finish the task before the time frame is up, work on something on your list of things that you would “like” to accomplish.
Now brew a cup of organic herbal lemon balm, lavender, or chamomile tea and carry on with your day!
You’ve got this!
Relaxing & Well Wishes! Jamie
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