By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA
The last minute announcement of students moving to a remote learning format until at least January 17, 2022 has forced parents to pivot in order to accommodate their children. To many, this news is discouraging as case numbers were decreasing and it felt like we were one step closer to seeing the end of this pandemic. With that being said…
Mama, how are you feeling? Frustrated? Exhausted? Indifferent? Feeling like you want to throw in the towel? Or that the timing of this news could not have come at a worse time? Tired of being resilient? All of the above? Have you asked yourself (lately), “do I even have anything (else) to give to life right now? If you answered yes to this question, there is no judgment. This is a safe space; know that you are not alone. Wherever you currently are on the spectrum, please know that is okay. In fact, when was the last time you: checked in with yourself? Allowed yourself to feel the depth of your emotions and processed whatever arose? Had a moment to yourself; to breathe and just be?
Get in a comfortable position. Put one hand over your heart and the other over your belly.
Breathe. Slowly. Deeply.
Inhale (through your nose). Exhale (through your mouth).
Bring your attention to the hand that is over your belly and slowly observe its rise and fall.
Continue to breathe. Now, bring your attention to the hand that is over your heart. Feel that? So long as your heart is beating, there is hope. You have the opportunity to create your desired outcome. It may not be exactly as you envisioned, but consider this your gentle reminder that there is still room for joy, happiness, peace, and whatever else is in your heart.
Here are some tips that you may find helpful in navigating through these times:
Pro Tip: Leave room for the unexpected because no one knows what’s in store. Remember, this is not about perfection. Give yourself the grace and space that you need to be human. Do what you can and be gentle with yourself.
From personal experience, I am able to show up to life and process things differently when I take care of myself. As someone who defaults to stress and anxiety, doing these things have helped me to calm and center myself. It has enabled me to be responsive and think with a clear mind instead of being reactive with a cluttered mind.
Take a deep breath in…and out. We got this. One day at a time.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou
Stay warm and safe, Mamas!
Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA
Certified Transformational Coach | Certified Essential Oil Specialist |
Certified ARōMATOUCH Practitioner | 200 YTT , Wholesome Mind Health Coaching