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Now that Shelter-in-Place and self-quarantine has extended again, you’re probably starting to think more about how you’re going to spend your time. 


You may have already noticed that you're spending time in new ways and spending more time with specific people, like your partner, your kids, potentially your parents, and more time at home, and cooking.     

Needless to say, there are a lot of unpleasant and painful things that have come out of this Coronavirus epidemic, and that has been covered throughout the news and other outlets.


The Upside

I happen to be an optimist and try to see the good in all situations.  Perhaps you may already acknowledge some of the unforeseen benefits of this situation: you get to spend more time with your family, you no longer have to commute to work, be stuck in traffic, travel for work meetings, drive kids long distances for school, drive kids to multiple activities, or be in crowded places.  You’re also probably spending more time walking in your neighborhood, spending more time outdoors.  


In the midst of this global pandemic, we’ve been given a gift.  


Something we never would have done for ourselves, but are only doing it because we’ve been forced to, which is to take more time to reflect, think, feel, and connect.  


From the parents we’ve spoken to, it sounds like most families have been grateful for the additional time they’re able to spend with their kids.  From eating midday meals with them, seeing their work from school, playing with them more, talking with them more.  Parents are also seeing the sibling bond grow stronger, now that their kids are spending more time together.  

Spouses are finding more unity because they need to act as one, in order to get through this tremendously challenging time together.  They are connecting at a deeper level.   


What’s Changed?

Before Covid19, your workdays were jam-packed with meetings, work, shuttling kids to practice, enrichment classes.  The frequent phrase was “I'm busy”.  If you’re a parent, your time is full.  However, if you reflect on how you’re spending your time now versus before the Covid-19 pandemic, what's the same?  What’s different?  Have your priorities shifted?


Your mind needs space and time to breathe. 


May is Mental Health Awareness month and we at SpringSpot are strong advocates of mental health for adults and kids, it’s a part of our DNA.  It’s vital that you take time to recharge yourself mentally.  Your mental health and physical health are equally important.  


Right now, things may feel isolating and you’re craving that in-person social interaction. But in the absence of that, what can you do?


Tips for Taking Your Time

Now that we’ve been given this special gift of time, here are a few simple tips you can do to practice taking your time and giving your mind the necessary recharge that it needs:


1. Slow down.  This is a tough one, especially for those of us that are always go go go.  Don’t rush, take your time.  Let your kids take their time.  While eating breakfast, getting dressed, putting on their shoes, logging on for class.  Give them time to experience.  Allow them time to notice the small lady bug on the ground.  More things come into focus when you slow down. 


2. Celebrate the wait.  Practice delayed gratification.  Anticipation is good for you.  It makes your brain produce dopamine and makes you feel excited and happy.  In this get-everything-you-want-this-second culture, waiting for something can give you more satisfaction.  We recognize the importance of delayed gratification for kids.


3. Write down wonderful moments.  Take time to reflect on the things that have brought you joy and write them down.  Allow yourself the time to remember the times worth reliving.  According to research, recalling positive memories has positive effects on your mental health.  No need to write long narratives, just a few sentences.  Think about what made that moment so lovely.  When you look at them again, it reminds you of what really makes you happy.


4. Focus on one thing at a time.  You’re a parent and you regularly have to multi-task and plow through that to-do list.  Though, try to focus on getting one thing done at the time so that you can take the time to do the important, not just urgent, things well. 


5. Look around you.  Really see your surroundings.  If you’re on a walk, observe the trees, look up, down, side to side, behind you.  Sometimes you’ll see things that were there all along, but you never stopped to notice them.    


6. Take time to create.  Some of you have already started doing this.  You’re cooking, baking, sewing masks, writing stories, drawing, painting.  Take the time to create something.  Put your heart into it.  


7. Listen.  Listen to yourself and get attuned to what your mind and body need.  Observe your feelings and behaviors.  Act on them when you need.  Listen to a guided meditation to calm down or help you let go.


Also, once the SIP and quarantine is over and things start opening up again, remember to keep doing these things. Continue to find ways to take your time and keep creating those wonderful moments. Don't just slide back into busy life. Use this gift of time now to keep the good things and let go of the rest.

The photo above is from my rose garden.  It was the only rose that bloomed on this one particular rose bush.  It was on the side, and I wouldn’t have noticed it had I not taken time to notice it.  I hope that you’re inspired to do the same and stop to smell your roses too, whatever form that may be in.  Your mind will be grateful and return the favor with more calm, clarity and energy.  


For other ideas to help you take your time or give yourself a mental break, check out SpringSpot's guided meditations, including our Shelter-in-Peace meditation. It’s 15 minutes of calm to help you let go and rejuvenate your mind. You can also join some of our Live Classes or try our On Demand videos for adults and kids.


Be Well!


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Updated: May 12



It’s been just one week since shelter-in-place became our new normal.

Covid-19 has changed the way we live, work, and play.  


For many of you, you’re now working from home *while* your kids are also schooling at home. Life has become very HARD.

Not to say it wasn’t hard before, but now it's scary, different, and unsettling.

Plus your energetic kids have to adapt to a big change in their lives, which requires patience and understanding.


During times of turmoil, uncertainty and distress, sometimes it seems impossible to keep it all together. Although I want to assure you that it's still possible to find glimmers of normalcy and thrive.


Let’s begin now with a few deep breaths together. Get comfortable and take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of three seconds, then take a deep breath out through your mouth for three seconds. Now repeat a couple more times. If you have a longer exhale than inhale that can help you relax and feel even more calm.


Better? I hope so.


Now, how do you keep your sanity and attempt to thrive during this very challenging time?


10 Simple Ways to Nourish Your Mind


1. SAY I LOVE YOU - Express your love and affection to your partner- even if you don't feel sexy or you have a long to-do list. You were a couple first before having kids.


2. BREATHE AND MEDITATE - As you saw earlier, your breath is a powerful tool to calm. Guided meditations with visualizations can also help.


3. PRACTICE GRATITUDE - Be thankful and say it out loud. Model to your kids that no matter what, there is always SOMETHING to be thankful for. Helps them appreciate what you're doing and helps you focus on what you have going for you.


4. LAUGH - Share funny stories of your kids with friends, watch a comedy show, just be present and make silly sounds and faces with your kids. Laughter makes everything better.


5. PRACTICE SELF-JOY - Do something that brings you pure joy, without the kids, to maintain a sense of self (listening to happy music and dancing while doing dishes is a two-for-one).


6. FIND ROUTINES - Get ready in the morning like you’re actually going to work, have the kids change their clothes like going to school, eat at the same times, find comfort and control in routine.


7. CONNECT - Setup virtual friend meetups, create chat groups on WhatsApp with the parents in your kids’ classes, call friends and family using FaceTime.


8. EXERCISE - This one is vital for parents. Being cooped up in your house without moving your body while taking care of your kids is a recipe for pent up stress and resentment. Coordinate with your partner when each of you can exercise. Make it a priority. Or try one of our On Demand workout videos.


9. RECRUIT YOUR KIDS - depending on the age of your kids, they are more capable than you think. Use this time to teach them about the importance of being a family community member and have them put their dishes in the sink or dishwasher, bring their laundry down, clean up their toys. Let them help you lessen the load.


10. SMILE - even when you don't want to, science shows that the act of smiling can actually make you happier.


We know these are hard times, but have HOPE. Tomorrow is a new day.


Ideas for Practicing Gratitude

To help you with #3: Remember there is always something you can be grateful for:


* When you are frustrated that your kids aren't listening to you for the fifth time, be grateful that they are alive, healthy and with you.


* When you're annoyed that you can't go out to see people or go to the beach, be thankful for all the medical personnel and first responders on the front lines treating patients in the massively under-resourced hospitals. Stay home.


* When you're annoyed that you can't buy more toilet paper or that your kid's favorite cereal is out of stock, be grateful for all the grocery store clerks working so you can buy food to feed our families. Cooking at home is good for you.


* When you're in shock that it can take up to a month to receive some of your online orders, be thankful for the UPS drivers that are delivering all your packages while we stay at home and shelter-in-place.


* When you're frustrated about having to homeschool your kids, be thankful for all your children's teachers adapting to a new mode of teaching and doing a lot of heavy lifting to ensure that your kids continue to learn.


These are just a few things to be grateful for.


Lastly, if you're looking for a wonderful community of parents and families, come join us! Help us create a wellness program for you. We now have Live Online Classes for adults and kids as well as On Demand Content!

From all of us at SpringSpot, thank YOU to our community for your continued support. We'll get through this together!


xoxo,

She-Rae


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Updated: May 12


You probably instinctively know that movement and exercise are good for you, but why is it so important for your kids?


Your Senses

You can probably easily name your five senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. Though did you know we receive input from two additional senses?


The vestibular sense, or movement and balance sense, gives us information about where our head and body are in space. It allows us to stay upright while we sit, stand, and walk. The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and responds to movement and gravity. It contributes to the development of balance, postural control, muscle tone, and maintaining a stable visual field while you are moving.


Proprioception, or your body awareness sense, is a constant feedback loop within our nervous system that tells our brain what position we are in or what forces are acting upon our body at any given time. It tells us when our arm is raised above our head, even when our eyes are closed, or how much force to use when we’re cracking open an egg.


Humans actually needed the vestibular system to adapt to gravity on Earth. The vestibular system is actually the first sensory system to develop in the womb. The vestibular and auditory systems are developed within the first 9 to 11 weeks in the pregnant mother. When the fetus is only 5 months old its vestibular system is amazingly well developed. The vestibular system provides the growing fetal brain with vast amounts of sensory information as the fetus is rocked back and forth by its mother’s movements.



Why Movement Matters As kids grow and develop, sensory systems like the vestibular system and proprioception help them learn about living in the world around them. However, kids are having fewer opportunities to move and be active at school and at home. Yet experts agree that children need atleast 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Many of the physical benefits of physical activity are well documented, such as increased bone strength, stronger muscles and improved coordination. Though here are some brain and mental-health benefits as well:


* Develops the Brain - Research shows that regular moderate intensity exercise can increase the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved with learning and memory. Exercise also helps release BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) which stimulates new neurons in the brain.


* Improves Focus - Studies show that children who are more active exhibit better focus.

This skill is becoming more important than ever, especially as kids have regular distractions from computer screens, TV screens and phone screens.


* Emotional Regulation - Physical activity can also help kids better regulate emotions. In order to think, learn and process experience, one must first feel calm, and movement can help achieve this kind of calm


* Improves Attention Span - Studies have even shown that extended sessions of yoga can lead to improvements in attention span and emotional regulation for kids.



Opportunities to Move

Looking for ways to get more purposeful movement for your kids? Come try out one of the movement-based kids classes offered by SpringSpot. Our thoughtfully put together and learning outcome-based classes will enrich your children. Plus you can get a workout in at the same time too! Check out our upcoming classes.


Be well!


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