Updated: Jun 3, 2020
It doesn't matter what kind of mama you are - stay at home mama, working mama, mama to littles or mama to bigs. Being a mama during a pandemic is HARD! Roles have been added to your plate...hello home school teacher. Lines have been blurred...mama and daddy are both on conference calls AT HOME. Plus, there's no distinction between the days...is it actually the weekend? Oh and all of this change happened within a matter of days.
To all the mama's out there: YOU ARE DOING AMAZING! Now read it again out loud...I AM DOING AMAZING! Your life was thrown into a blender and it's still blending on high power. It's not clear when it's going to stop. It's not clear what life is going to look like when it's does stop. The good news is that anything coming out of a blender is delicious.
Like many of you, I have struggled to find my way through this chaotic time. Over the last few weeks, I have found 5 things that have helped me feel grounded despite the chaos. I'm excited to share them with you with the hopes that they can take you from surviving to THRIVING.
1. Practice Five to Nourish
Five to Nourish is five SIMPLE things you can do when you first get up to nourish your body and mind. It takes less than 5 minutes to do each one and they have a BIG impact on the rest of your day. You don't have the luxury of sending your people to work or school anymore. You don't have the luxury of a commute to decompress from your day. You and your people are home ALL THE TIME. This means you need to invest in taking care of yourself. The Five to Nourish gives you the foundation to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Get your FREE copy of the Five to Nourish by clicking here
2. Create Your Own Milestones
Celebrate what you can, when you can, as often as you can. Did you and your kiddo make it through this week's home school assignments!? Have a dance party or a water balloon fight! Don't know how to differentiate the weekdays from the weekends? Celebrate the coming of the weekend on Friday Night! For us, Friday nights are now family movie nights. We set up a carpet picnic and eat our dinner in our playroom while watching a movie. You're going to need to get creative with your celebrations but don't let this quarantine steal your joy of living for the small victories!
3. Become a "Yes" Mama
If your kiddos ask if they can do something, evaluate the "hurt factor". If the thing they want to do means a 50% or less chance of getting seriously injured (like have to go to the ER injured), the answer is yes. Added benefit? You may get a few minutes to yourself while they do whatever activity they asked about. Join the "Yes" mama club - we want our kiddos to remember this time as fun and full of adventure.
4. Get Outside
Humans are just like plants, but with emotions. So get outside everyday! Get your vitamin D and fresh air. This can look like a walk with your kiddos, a bike ride, a picnic, kicking a soccer ball, whatever! Just get outside and soak in all that nature has to offer - the air, the sun, the grass, all of it. And don't forget to water yourself throughout the day!
5. Set Boundaries
You needs some alone time, even if it's just 5 minutes. This means you can't be afraid to lock yourself in your bathroom, pantry, closet, wherever when you need to. There are no breaks during your days unless you have little's that take their nap at the same time (oh PLEASE sleep at the same time). If you're a working mama, don't forget to also set up work boundaries for yourself - you'll know what is reasonable and what makes sense for you. Maybe it's around email or when you take conference calls. Make sure you are giving yourself some time to recharge throughout the day. You have to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others...sound familiar?
Mama's - I see you, I'm with you. This pandemic has little peeks of joy, but it's still HARD. I sincerely hope these five tips help you to come out of this blender life better then when you entered. Until then, don't stop nourishing your body and mind.