Tips for #SaferAtHomeBeachCities – Enjoy the Small Things
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
By Jill Millstein, Parent Advisory Group Representative

I think by now we’ve all heard of many suggested activities to keep our families entertained. So, don’t worry, I won’t be the 100th person to recommend board games and jigsaw puzzles. However, after several weeks of being Safer at Home, I think we could all use an energy boost.

My household consists of my husband, our two teenage girls (yep, let that sink in) and one cat. My husband is currently working from home and so we’re all here, all the time. That’s a lot of energy (and hormones) flying around.

So, how do I keep our spirits up when we’re at home? Well, I can’t all the time. But it’s like anything; I just keep practicing and starting over.  More and more studies now show that our minds control our emotions, our thoughts create our feelings. So, when we’re experiencing low vibration feelings such as sadness, weary, frustration, worry, anger, etc. it's helpful to know these feelings all begin with a thought. So, changing our feelings begins with changing our thoughts. Just understanding we control our attitude and have the power of choice is really empowering. 

One of the simplest ways to shift your energy is to pause and breathe. Taking big, deep breaths increases oxygen supply to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which has a calming effect on the body. Once you are calmer, you feel more control over your thoughts and emotions, making it easier to shift your energy to a more positive place. Even if you shift your vibration up just one notch, it can make a big difference. 

Another technique I use to raise my spirits is to sit in gratitude. Every day, as part of my morning routine, I write down five things I am grateful for. Just little things like a hot cup of coffee, watching the two silly squirrels across the street taunt a dog walking by, and so on. When you start your day in gratitude, you tend to spend the rest of your day finding things to be grateful for. You create a cup half full mentality. And as an extra benefit, I find gratitude creates joy.

And lastly, a tool I use each day during this tight knit time of being home is to forgive quickly.

We’re all in this together. I wish each of you good health and good spirits.