1. Personal space
This one can be challenging, especially with younger kids home. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, your children are going to pick up on your feelings. Sometimes, self-care looks like setting a healthy boundary for yourself or saying “no.” It’s ok to turn on a movie for the young ones and spend an hour alone in your room to process your own feelings. You’ll be modeling good self-care for your children, and you’ll have more space for them afterwards.
2. Turn off the news:
If you’re feeling anxious, give yourself permission to turn off the news for a day or two. You can catch up on any developments tomorrow. Today, you’re taking a breather and only engaging in enjoyable and/or necessary activities.
3. Go on a walk/exercise:
Being outside for just 30 minutes can lift your spirits. Take the kids with you and let them ride their bikes or scooters. Maintain social distance, but enjoy a little sunshine. If you have a patio or backyard, try doing some work from home outside for a few hours! You can also exercise or do yoga outdoors. You’ll be amazed how much better you’ll feel!
4. Try Yoga/Meditation:
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leading researcher on meditation, the definition of mindfulness is “paying attention with kindness.” A meditation or mindfulness practice, done about 30 minutes each day, can reduce stress and anxiety. Kabat-Zinn offers free mindfulness based children’s stories on Audible. There are many great yoga and meditation videos for all levels on YouTube. Try these out on a weekly basis.