Maintaining a peaceful home
in the COVID Chaos
Midweek Health Minute!
You love your family and need your job, but chances are, you tend to neglect yourself in the interim. It’s extremely important that you don’t let this happen. Put aside some time each and every day to make YOU a priority. Establish boundaries with your family so everyone has a way to have their own alone time. Respect each other’s needs, even if you don’t understand why that weird music calms your son down (don’t worry, he can listen on earbuds!), or how in the world zombie shows can help. everyone destresses in their own ways.
With a bit of creative thinking and time management, there are ways to find peace in your daily chaos. When you turn off the outside chaos, it gives you a chance to revel in all that is good and right with your world. And when you do this, you emerge with renewed energy and a fresh new attitude!
Want more peace in this chaotic time?
Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Read a good book. If you’re one of many who enjoy reading, this may be just what you need. You can spend some time immersed in a different place or time, which will help you regain your calm. If you have a hard time focusing for long periods of time, try an audio book instead. Kindle has numerous good books from all genres you can download for free!
2. Listen to uplifting music. Music has always had wonderful and mysterious powers. It’s used to calm children, the elderly, and even animals during times of stress and angst. Yes, even that stuff your kids listen to. Play music that appeals to you. Dance, sing along, or just sit back and listen to its beautiful or powerful melody.
3. Reflect and meditate. Focus on everything that’s good and right with your life. Being grateful for what you have is important to a right and peaceful state of mind. My favorite verse, and the one that I have adopted as our family verse is
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Focusing on the positives helps you deal with the negatives in a much calmer and more productive way. There is going to be tention and stress with being cooped up at home and schools being out. Handling those times well will be the deciding factor in whether your family comes out of this closer or more distant than ever before. Think of those you love and what you hope for them in the future. Think about your own future as well and what you hope to achieve in your lifetime, who you want to become. How can you work towards those goals now, in this crisis?
Close your eyes, sit in a comfortable chair, or lie down on your bed. Block out all sources of stress and think only positive thoughts, pray specifically and individually for your family and yourself.
4. Enjoy some family time. Spending time with those you love can be a great stress reliever. Choose a fun activity that you can all enjoy. You may want to play a board game or pop some popcorn and watch a movie together. We chose to go to a nearby empty feild and play baseball – I was mainly the extra man to hold and run bases while the two teams of guys ( 2 to each team) pitched and hit. It was so much fun, we got fresh air, time together, time out of the house and were still being concious of the social distancing.
It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you can have some fun and relax together.
5. Get some assistance from the experts. Many noted authors have written invaluable books on the topics of de-stressing and de-cluttering your life. You can even purchase these books in an audio format and listen to them while folding laundry or cleaning the kitchen. My very favorite author on decluttering is Diana K. White aka A Slob Comes Clean. She really knows how my slob brain works and gives real practical help for you when you “just can’t”. Taking overwhelm and making it manageable is her superpower!
Podcasts are great sources of information from the experts as well. See if your favorite pastor has a podcast, I love listening to Chip Ingram and Alistair Begg. Take the time to listen to some of the motivational speakers you have been wanting to hear.
6. Slow down. Take your time, enjoy life as it comes. There is joy to be found in every situation if you look for it. Savor these times with extra family time and make the best of it. Now that you aren’t able to go and do as much, use it as a time to just live in each moment.
Use these tips every day to help you discover all the lovely and worthy things in your life and you’ll also find peace in your chaos!