As if life with kids weren’t chaotic enough, the coronavirus has thrown a brand new curve ball into the lives of parents everywhere. Because if you thought that getting your kids to eat their breakfast, get dressed, brush their teeth, get their school gear together and get out the door was tough, that was before you tried homeschooling. So it’s not a shocker that most parents are totally stressed out. And that’s where a little mindfulness, including strategies for starting and ending the day calmly, can definitely help.
“More than ever, we really need to learn skills of mindfulness,” licensed psychologist Terra LaRock, Ph.D. tells Romper. “These are the internal tools that will get us through this time with our nerves intact.” No matter how organized you might be, the pressure of being both parent and professor with very little time to prepare for this situation is definitely anxiety-inducing. And as much as your kiddos might have complained about school, they’re probably missing their friends and the routine and structure of their schooldays (but maybe not the math too much). With everyone’s nerves a little bit frayed, you’ll need to create some calm for you and your family. These tips will help you to start and finish your days with your mind and heart clear and at peace.