Here we are. A new reality. Our normal routine thrown out the window. So how do we deal with this?
Here are my two cents. At least for this week.
We take it day. By. Day.
It is so easy to slide into our fears. There are so many unknowns!
But worrying is an interesting thing. We worry to try to prevent something hard from happening in the future. But often we can’t control it, and meanwhile we may actually cause something hard to happen in the present – worry!!
What worry really does is distract us from what we are actually experiencing.
So let’s look around us and see what is happening TODAY.
And we’ll just go one step at a time.
Those of you in Baby in Tune classes know that I always do Three Breaths to get us into the present moment. This is such a simple technique and can make a difference in your day. It is just taking in three deep breaths and on every exhale thinking about something you are grateful for. Don’t plan it, just let whatever pops into your head come.
We are all feeling alot right now. Breathing deep can help us allow for all those feelings to exist. It’s ok. Let the feelings that are beyond words wash over you. Denying them is worse.
We find ways to lift us during the day.
It is so important to find your sunny windows during the day; Skyping with friends or relatives, finding some time to put everytihng aside and truly be present and play with your child, singing, stretching, jogging, reading, whatever it is.
And if you need us – we are here to add more lift to your day with your baby. We added a bunch of remote classes and they’ve been so fun and heartwarming so far. I love this community. We come together to sing. (Go to the classes page to register.)
We acknoledge the positives of the situation.
So many parents in our remote classes are telling us that the situation has brought them closer to their friends and community. I can say the same. Today I will be meeting with a bunch of YOU who I haven’t been able to sing with for a while because your baby started daycare or maybe aged out of my classes. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see you all again.
That is a HUGE plus for me.
Also, my kids have been joining me for some of the remote classes. It’s been so nice to sing these songs with my own babies again.
In addition, there are other benefits to this situation. While there will also be many tragedies due to Covid19, it is also making us reduce polution, reduce waste, care for each other, evaluate our health system, and even evaluate our educational system.
We truly take a pause.
This is an opportunity. We are being asked to slow down. To wash our hands of what we’ve been doing and go inward. Can we do it? It won’t be easy. We are used to moving fast, to having what we want at the tips of our fingers,
But I wonder if we can take some items out of our usual to-do list and allow for space? that is what is called upon us right now.
You guys, I sat for a whole hour today and did a puzzle with my kids. I don’t think I’ve EVER done that. I also played Risk with them in the morning (it confirmed my belief that it is the most evil game ever. A never ending sibling rivalry trap.) And in between I did a training for new Baby in Tune instructors and wrote a song.
So I worked, becuase I love working. But alot less than usual.
We care for each other.
We are so lucky to have the technology to connect remotely. We need to be practicing physical distancing. But we also have the tools to practice social inclusion. We can rely on each other more than ever as a community. Even if that means virtually.
And we can widen our circle of caring to those who need it desperately right now; Single parents, parents who just gave birth and are experiencing even more acute post partum depression, parents who don’t have the resources to stock up on necessities, or don’t have computers to give their children access to remote learning.
We find some sort of routine to keep us sane.
I don’t mean having an excel sheet with an hour-to-hour plan. I mean having touchstones during your day. Breakfast, playtime, worktime, lunch, rest time, worktime, outdoor time, playtime, dinner, bedtime. That’s how it is shaping up more or less for us. How about you?
This is going to be our reality for a while. Give yourself time to find the anchors in your day so that you can reinforce them for you and your baby.
We keep in mind that we can get used to anything.
In a few weeks we won’t be as shocked by this new situation. We’ll be used to having the kids home all day and working from home will feel more normal.
Humans are so adaptive. We will find ways to mold our habits and benaviors to our new reality. We will make the best of it because that is what we do.
Before I leave you I want to invite you to how Baby in Tune can help you this week. I hope you will join us for one of these or many of these. We will be adding more to the schedule each week.
A la carte remote music classes!
Tuesday 10:00am (0-5 years)
Tuesday 12:30pm (0-7m)
Thursday 10:00am (0-5 years)
Thursday 12:30pm (0-7m)
Thursday 5:00pm (0-5 years)
Just go to the classes page to sign up. I can’t wait to sing with you.
Do you have friends who might want to join? Send them this post or the link to the classes page: www.babyintune.com/classes