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It is easy to wake up with a worried or stressed attitude during these days of quarantine and pervasive sickness. Everything you see on the news or social media tends to lend toward fear and panic. While it is always good to monitor the current situation, it is never good to let yourself lose the ability to practice positivity. Having a positive mindset, especially in times of uncertainty, will go a long way to benefitting your mental health and that of your family. Here are some ways you can set a positive mindset for your day even in the midst of COVID-19.
Gratitude can be a powerful influencer. For me, it begins when I first wake up. As I get out of bed I think, “I am so grateful for another day in this life. Today is a beautiful day.”
Then as I brush my teeth I go through my gratitude list in my head (it really helps pass the time with my two-minute electric tooth brush timer). I list things big and small. I also list my grateful intentions (things you are grateful for that have not happened yet). You see, feeling grateful for something as if it happened allows us to align with energy around us to make it happen faster. But, that’s an article for another time!
Here are some examples of the things on my gratitude list:
I am so grateful for . . .
Next, I drink a glass of water right when I go downstairs – our bodies need water to jumpstart in the morning. Just think, we just went 8 hours without one sip!
Some people drink coffee for energy and I find my energy by drinking two glasses of water within 30 minutes of waking up. One is just water and the other is hot water with ½ of freshly squeezed lemon (this has many benefits, including boosting the immune system, digestion, and weight loss).
Lastly, before I start work, I meditate. There are a ton of guided meditations online and I usually search for “Law of Attraction Guided Meditations” or “Reiki Money Blocks Mediations.” I do ones that are 10 minutes or less. Here are my all-time favorite meditations that made a huge impact on my life and they are all 10 minutes or less:
There is no right or wrong way to meditate. But here are some tips for beginners:
Now that you have a positive mindset, it’s time to power work before your kids get up. I don’t check emails just yet or look on social media or the news. I use this precious morning time to finish important work tasks or put a good dent in a big project.
When your child wakes up it’s time to get them in a positive mindset.
First, fuel your kids! Right after they wake up, make them a superfood smoothie! Put some dense nutrients in those growing bodies right away.
I love this quick smoothie-making formula. Just add your chosen ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth:
Next, encourage your kids to do some stretching or independent free movement to wake up their bodies. Then take a few minutes to guide them through a quick meditation. Here’s how:
After the meditation end with “I am…” statements: I am focused. I am a good listener. I am healthy and strong. Whatever “I ams” work for your family. Write/print them on paper or a dry erase/chalk board. For little kids you can tell them what to say and they can repeat it back.
Now is also a great time to set expectations for the day. Remind your kids why they are learning at home temporarily without scaring them. Talk about the importance of learning and how the home schedule will be a bit different from school but fun. You can remind them to give gratitude for having the ability to learn from home in this day and age. Remind your kids to practice good listening just like they listen in school. And then go over the schedule so they know what to expect for the rest of the day.
Starting yours and your kids’ days off with gratitude, mindfulness, movement, manageable expectations and a positive mindset will get you all off to a great start no matter the circumstances. Good job, mamas!
— Tasha Mayberry
This article originally appeared on Baby Chick. Tasha is the owner and Editor-In-Chief of Best in Baby Biz & Kids Magazine and mom to a rambunctious and bright toddler boy named Vasya. Tasha loves sharing parenting tips to help fellow moms as well as stories of the best baby and kids brands so that moms (and dads!) can discover new, unique products and gifts while supporting mom/parent-owned businesses. She is a mom inventor, author, co-founder of BuzzBOX PR, and a positive living expert.