Tips for a Pandemic

Something I sent to family, friends and neighbors the day we went in hibernation mode. I realized I did not post it here. So here it is still applying after week w

Just a heads up since we get to spend some time together for awhile. Here are some ideas you may want to think about during this spiritual pause happening to the earth.

Kids ages 0-25 are extremely sensitive to fear energy–especially the kind that is swirling around in the present. Wanted to give some suggestions to help you as a parent, good neighbor, ministering angel, etc., to focus and share with your families and neighbors.
1. Preparedness also means comfort. Comfort foods, (yes, could be sugary), comfort hugs, comfort chats, comfort in warmth, (Put a sheet in the dryer and wrap you and your kids up in it), comfort in music, (get the tunes on and do some spontaneous dancing, or singing), comfort in play, (use your imagination) comfort in faith, (scriptures for sure!), comfort in keeping busy, comfort in animals and nature, comfort in exercise and movement, comfort in spontaneity and having fun together, comfort in laughter…. “Together” is the biggest comfort. Have your neighbors over and play games. Go out side and love spring. Feed the birds, visit the ponds and look for polliwogs– the forest is waking up. Go to the parks. Live life…
2. Check your face in the mirror. (Keep rechecking) Your face and body language is telling your family a lot. Fear is real, but it doesn’t have to consume you. You can show what faith looks like too. Be careful how much news you allow to be heard. When the children in 911 commented in schools after,  they thought hundreds of planes were crashing in buildings,, they didn’t know it was a clip played over and over. Be aware of this. Watch your energy and how you are putting your fear in the atmosphere. Calm it down in your home. They are holding on to you as their rock. Be the rock, not the sand…Remember that song? Go look at your face in the mirror and practice smiling. Even if you aren’t feeling it…They need you to.
3. Music has power to change moods very quickly. Hymns give peace. Fun happy music can keep us upbeat. If you are or a member of your family is feeling particularly out of control scared, then put on music. Leave it playing quietly in the back ground, it has a calming affect quietly saying, “All is well.”
4. You might laugh but when you focus on family and memories a good feeling comes. How about teaching your children about Family History now. Look up stories about your ancestors. Watch old home movies or recent ones. Look at photos.  …you may be very surprised.
5. Go on a grati-shoot. go on a car ride or do a eye-spy walk. Start taking photos of things you notice right now that your are grateful for. Gratitude is a natural infusion to joy. Start shifting your focus from fear to grateful. It really does have some pretty cool powers. Look up gratitude ideas on line or contact me…
6. Remember, routine is a child’s best friend. (A child meaning 0-25) Routine means safe. Routine means I know what to expect. Try to keep your family as close to a routine as you can during this hiccup of time. Keep family meals together. Talk together openly about feelings right now. Say family prayers together. Eat together. Keep to what you usually do best. Family connection is strength.
7. Create a family wish statement and say it as if it has happened. This is a statement you say in those quiet moments when you feel anxious. It could be, “The .(………family name) are healthy and safe.” “The (name) make it happen!”  “The (family name) trust in the Lord.”  What ever it is, allow your family to share it aloud together, and then quietly when they go to bed at night, while you get in the car, while you wash your hands, while you eat. It is a statement that you hold to which keeps you armored to faith instead of fear. Make it and say it…often.
8. Tell your children you will keep them safe. Explain why we are doing things that we are doing now. They can understand the why in different developmental levels without scaring them to death. Simply washing your hands sometimes can become obsessive if you don’t explain why.
9.  Learn together. Use this moment to teach life lessons. Its a doozy! How do you react to challenges? Are you a solution to the problem or a doom sayer?
10. Fear is no fun alone. If you know someone on your street, at your work, at your school that may feel particularly alone reach out. We are interconnected and social animals. We need each other, specific to times of stress. Serving someone feel good.  Shop for the elderly. There are always things you can do. Love conquers fear. Find those lonely.
We can do this everyone.
Keep the faith!
The Lord is in charge and all is well.
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