There is a lot going on right now as we continue social distancing. It is a long list to think about with the virus, our work, our families, our community and our country. As we move through each week, we are all in this together both literally and figuratively. Despite knowing what we can’t control, there are times we can establish for tranquility. Tranquility times offer us ways to feel positive, reset our energy, renew our energy and be prepared for what is next.
Parenting tranquility time
Parents continue to be working double shifts with both their own work and their kids corona-schooling. Setting up an organized work space and organizing your home are important. Equally important is setting up a space for calm.
- Setting a bedtime for everyone helps. Toddlers and elementary age kids require a regular bedtime through the crisis. Your teens may not go to sleep at that set bedtime, however they can be ready to relax in their own rooms then. You can request placing their devices in a common charging spot with your device and head to be yourself.
- Organize everyone’s own bedroom. These spaces promote tranquility in that their primary function is sleeping. Remove excess clutter and paperwork to create a calm environment.
- Put on your and everyone’s headphones, ear buds or air pods. Everyone listens to their own music, meditation or podcast. It’s silence for everyone at the same time.
Personal space tranquility time
Each of us needs a time and place to reset and rejuvenate. That’s harder with everyone at home. The joy of outside exercise can be your personal space tranquility area. Set out for a walk, run or bike ride to regroup. Rainy day or too little time to get outside? Use YouTube for yoga, especially Yoga with Adriene.
Extrovert tranquility time
I see a lot of sillies suggesting our extrovert friends need to be connected. For extroverts, there is energy in being with someone. A reset includes connecting by facetime, join.me, or phone. Take the opportunity daily to get in touch and to reach out.
Spiritual tranquility time
Many spiritual groups are setting up time to worship virtually. Tap into this tranquil time through online worship. You can attend your ongoing worship or choose new spots to worship. Many churches and temples are offering daily times to connect too.
More ways to establish tranquility time
- Set boundaries with social media and news. We are bombarded with information all the time. Know that you can step away from all of this and come back refreshed. Set yourself up for success by taking breaks from your devices.
- Intentionally pay attention to positive energy. Check out SGN, Some Good News. New episodes are available each Sunday evening.
- Know what works for you to establish tranquility. Psychology Today article suggests prayer, reading, meditation, yoga, creative activities, positive self-talk, cooking, gardening, journaling, deep breathing, listening to music, household projects, spring cleaning, meditation, puzzles/games, playing with your pets and kids, and doing something nice for someone else. Expressing what you are worried and anxious about is a good thing.
Your tranquility times can be as needed or scheduled each day. Be sure you are generous in the amount of time you give yourself as self care. We all need a break to reset and regenerate energy.