Caring for yourself and your child (or children in your lives)
As many of you already know, CDC has been in the process of a big change: from leaving our building, to packing all our stuff to moving to three different places to changing the way we normally work because of Covid.
These are some of the changes that the whole CDC family is having to navigate for the last 3 or so months, so please forgive us if we have not updated in a little while.
But then again, good things are coming into place and we have been able to meet safely as a Handle with Care group.
As the pandemic lingers, cold creeps in and the holidays are knocking in our doors, we should remember to make time for self-care and de-stressing.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. -Alan Watts
Being parents and caregivers, taking care of our mental health is a very important piece to promoting and modelling personal well-being to the little people in our lives.
Self- care is a way to promote personal well-being to be able to create a nurturing and loving environment. This can be any activity that an individual, family or community does with the intention of maintaining, improving or restoring wellness in our lives.
Now, self-care can look very different for everybody.
Here are some Covid-safe self-care practices:
1. Wake up 30 minutes early to meditate, pray, or reflect.
Starting your day peacefully and having your alone time will get you through the day!
2. Enjoy the Healing Power of Baking
There is something about having warmth from the oven and the smell of baked goods lingering in your house.
3. Practice Kindness and Gratitude
When you do something nice for someone, it gives you nice feelings about yourself too. As simple as a pay it forward coffee or just simply telling someone how you like their outfit.
4. Make Time for a Massage
Massages are always great for relaxation, but you can also use a travel roller or a massage ball to hit those spots!
5. Light a Fire
Watching and listening to a fire crackle and feeling the warmth on your toes with hot cocoa and a blanket.
What is self-care for children?
It is about teaching your children life-giving habits. We do this by actively involving them in family self-care practices and by modelling healthy behavior and skills for them. We can also help them to use calming tools when they’re facing a difficult life experience or emotion.
1. Create a Self-care Wheel so options are ready.
2. Have a one on one time with a parent or caregiver or have a stress-free activity alone.
3. Dance Party! Choose your favorite song and Favorite dancing clothes on and rock it!
4. Create a Safe Space - Make a place where you can go where everyone will leave your alone when you need it.
It’s really simple and has a square floor pillow and a regular pillow propped up against the wall in the corner. Go in there to remove themselves from things that are angering them.
I hope we can all try to make time for self-care!