Back-to-School ≠ Back-to-Stress
My son will be learning from home (while I’m working from home) *at least* through October.
As you may recall about me, I am a partner-less mother (for the time being).
I'm not going to down play things.
When I first heard the announcement, I noticed an immediate change in my body. My breathing became slightly labored. My neck started to tense up. All signs of anxiety for me.
I know I'm not the only one.
The start of school under pandemic conditions is all any of the parents that I know are talking about - what-if’s and thought experiment after thought experiment.
As I experienced my own mini panic attack, I wondered: What if we spent more time breathing through the stress and planning ahead rather than succumbing to worry and being daunted by fear of what has yet to come?
Plenty of families do have a really tough road in front of them.
Those of us with more flexibility should conserve as much energy as possible so that we can support our neighbors who are struggling to stay afloat and preserve our own sanity.
Will Back-to-School 2020 occur without curveballs and pitfalls?
No, probably not.
Yet, there’s something to be said for taking the reins of your thoughts and channeling them toward peace and productivity.
In the words of Alice Walker: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”
You have agency.
You have power.
You have tools.
Use them to get ahead and strategize.
I decided personally that I will be utilizing The Daily Manifesto wellness agenda pages with my son this fall, too. The PDF version makes it easy to print off a page or two and jot down his standard schedule(s) while introducing him to balance.
It’s never to early to start teaching children about wellness and prioritization. I will encourage my child to reference his daily sheet as a reminder and as a way to track accomplishments and assignments.
The Bottom Line: Planning helps.
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