“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” – Maya Angelou
Time has felt so different through the current uncertainties. Everything seems a bit slower, like we’re on a vacation without the excitement of going anywhere. With little activity outdoors, it sometimes feels as if we’re all alone on a deserted island. Yet we’re not afraid, as we notice others still out walking their dogs, waving hello at a distance, and offering a smile.
I believe in times like these, seeking true connection is paramount in keeping centered and grounded. Staying inside in isolation can be especially difficult for those who aren’t making these connections with others. So I implore you, find meaningful connections beyond the endless scroll of social media. Call a friend or family member, engage in wholesome activities, create something, or make a delicous meal. I’m using our extra time at home as an opportunity to train our kiddos, teaching valuable life skills, making lasting memories, to enjoy this time together as best as we’re able.
Life, at times gives you lemons…so why not make lemonade?!
It is true, we hear scary things, and at times may be filled with fear. But it is vital to fill our minds with hope, too. A simple phone call to a friend can give this hope. I’ve had friends share simple Bible verses, that helps ease my mind, and fills me with hope over fear. Maya Angelou says it best when she says, “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” So you see, it is a choice. I am choosing hope.
And the truth of the matter is this….in a state of fear, our minds become clouded. We can think more clearly and make more conscious choices when our minds are in a state of calm. Hope calms the fears.
Here are some daily activities our family has been incorporating to promote calm amongst the chaos:
- daily walks or time spent outdoors getting fresh air
- prayer as a family
- extra time for reading and cuddles
- organizing our space – there’s nothing like the feeling of clearing out the clutter!
- crafting – we made creations with chalk, made scenery for a puppet show and painted rainbows
- mindful communication to promote a peaceful atmosphere (aka teaching kiddos conflict resolution)
- time spent caring for friends or family members in need (whether a simple phone call or dropping off some groceries – i dropped off some immunity support and oily blends to an older family member and others in need of extra support)
- cooking a tasty meal or treat
- playing our favorite music/dancing
- deep breathing and essential oils – a few of my favorites oils for a calming, uplifitng affect are bergamot, frankincense, lavender, orange, patchouli and eucalyptus.
I believe better days are ahead of us. I hope you find opportunity through this time to reflect and see the good. Look out for your loved ones, and find peace in knowing we will get through these times together. We’ve been taking walks enjoying sights of spring, and picking flowers as a way to brighten up our space.
I hope you are staying safe and well, and making meaningful connections. Drop a comment below, and let me know what things you’ve been doing to pass the time to stay inspired while staying home!