Support During Social Distancing
Daily check in – Use Guided Audio above to guide this time.
Find time in the morning to sit with one another and take turns checking in. Share your feelings in 2-3 words. This helps build emotional awareness and naming what we feel to help process in a healthy way.
Be honest about how you feel. Children are incredibly intuitive, so they sense fear, anxiety, sadness regardless of our own admission. Giving these feelings a name and being honest with our feelings supports children in doing the same. This is emotional resilience at work! It also helps take away the “good” versus “bad” emotions. We all experience all emotions, we are not good or bad for feeling them.
Connection is one of the main pillars of resilience. Social distancing makes connection very difficult. Here are some ways to build connection into your daily routine.
- Nature – Get outside! Listen to the birds and the wind. Go for a nature walk. Look at bugs and bark. Experience awe in the natural world.
- FaceTime – Thank goodness for technology! We are able to connect with friends and family, while keeping safe. Find one or two people to connect with virtually every day.
- Letter writing: Let’s get back to the basics. Who doesn’t enjoy receiving mail? Take time to make art and write letters to friends and family as a special way to share and feel connected, even while we are apart.
- Mindfulness – Connect with ourselves by following our breath, feeling our heartbeat, and noticing our bodies. This will ease anxiety, fear, and calm the nervous system in times of stress and fear.
- Write or Draw – Expressing yourself through journaling and/or drawing is a beautiful way to process what is happening for you in a healthy way.
Find ways to be of service everyday. Here are some ideas:
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood
- Call an elderly or sick neighbor and offer to run an errand for them
- Support one another in emotional safety and sharing emotions
- Send a video to friends and families
Remember, we are all in this together. This is a virus that does not discriminate. Recite the following phrases to yourself when you find yourself spiraling:
“Just like me, we all experience fear. We all experience worry. We all experience sadness. And, just like me, we all wish to get through this together. We all wish to be free from suffering. We all wish to be happy.”
If you find yourself feeling triggered and/or arguing with people that are close to you, try connecting with that moment and taking space. Even 2 minutes of space to cool down and reflect on what is happening. When I do this I am able to clearly see that my reaction is coming from a place of fear and anxiety. When I see this, I can express what is happening for me. Or, I can practice self-compassion or simple mindful breathing for a minute or two.
You may find yourself with more time now, in solitude. You can use this time to engage in self care practices and activities that you have not had time for in the past. Personally, I dedicate time every morning to be with myself and do what feels good. I meditate, I run, I do a home yoga or exercise class, I journal, I connect with someone over the phone. Whatever it is, use this time to build self care into your routine and notice how you feel.
Coming this Summer and Fall:
Kind Mind Resilience Building Program
This video series and home use curriculum is intended to support caregivers in building awareness and offering support around personal resilience building. Modeling resilience is the best way to support our children.
Videos will be 10-15 minutes in length and will offer a lesson, an accessible (not too time consuming) weekly exercise to shift the way we feel, and resources to support our way of thinking and teaching our children. The focus will be:
- Building awareness
- Identifying triggers and strategies to support you in reacting
- Developing emotional awareness and resilience
- Building compassion and self compassion
- How to support your children in building resilience
Caregiver and Family Workshops
Offered to parents seeking support in their own emotional health and resilience, and ways to support their children. Our experiential workshops offer real practices that are made accessible for busy lives. Workshops run 1 hour or 90 minutes and are offered to groups of caregivers and parents or families.
- Compassionate Caregivers
- Build Resilience Together
Kind Mind Guided Audio
This guided audio series is meant to support whole families in developing a daily mindfulness practice, together. The audio ranges from 1-15 minutes in length, supporting busy families and children of all ages. Click the audio links above to sample some of the practices.
Check back regularly for upcoming class offerings. We look forward to nurturing you!