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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
“5 Ways for Parents to Find Peace & Harmony during the Quarantine” by Renée Peterson Trudeau, author of NURTURING THE SOUL OF YOUR FAMILY
 

Stop whatever you’re doing. Pause. Close your eyes. Place your hand over your chest and take a deep breath. Allow your thoughts to settle like dancing flakes in a snow globe. Then connect with the wisest part of you.
 
Have you been making choices based on your inner GPS and your own true knowing, or are you allowing the news, a relative, a neighbor, or something else to dictate how you respond to your family?
 
The other night I was on a Zoom call with a group of mom friends. Everyone was asked to share their response to: “During the quarantine, my home has been like a _____ [fill in the blank].” Answers included “a spa,” “a jail,” “a craft studio,” and “a zoo.”
 
It’s a whole new world. We’re all having different experiences, but at the same time, millions of us are hitting the pause button and reflecting on what’s really important in life. We’re realizing that our external environment — our family’s health, our financial state, our jobs, our marriages, our homes — can change in an instant.
 
How can we create a true sense of safety and security when everything around us seems so crazy and uncertain? How can we align our choices and actions with our core values and what matters most to us? 
 
When you practice living inside out and take time to cultivate an inner world that’s as big as your outer world (whether that’s through prayer, meditation, stillness, journaling, or other contemplative practices), your life will begin to change in radical, positive ways. You’ll feel calmer, more grounded, and more centered. You’ll experience a greater sense of purpose and clarity. You’ll be a wiser and more present parent.
 
Living from the inside out can look different for each of us right now, but some ways we might explore this include:

  1. Examining our mindset: Observe the words you use when talking about the global health crisis to your spouse, yourself, and your children. Our language creates our scaffolding for how we view, think about, and experience life.   
     
  2. Practicing “good is good enough”: Let go and lower expectations. We’re all struggling, every one of us. Lowering the bar for your kids’ teachers, your family, and yourself is key right now. Many days will be hour by hour.  
     
  3. Knowing how you’re wired: Self-awareness can be your greatest asset right now and helps you invite in more compassion for yourself and your tribe. Whether it’s utilizing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram, or other tools, take time to revisit what makes you tick, and share this with those you love. Perspective is everything! 
     
  4. Starting your day intentionally: From stillness comes discernment. Taking as little as five minutes in the morning to start your day with meditation, prayer, journaling, stretching, a mindful walk in nature, or a gratitude practice can completely alter the course of your day. Especially key here is to refrain from getting on your phone or looking at headlines first thing in the a.m.
     
  5. Putting self-care front and center: Start with incremental self-care (three minutes of deep breathing, a five-minute walk around the block, seven minutes of meditation) — you don’t have to do an hour yoga class. Move your body as much as you can, tap nature — the ultimate antidepressant — and keep pausing to tune in to how you’re feeling. Encourage your family to do the same.

German writer Goethe’s quote (which is taped to my computer) has never been more timely: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
 
The next time your family is driving you nuts (and they will!), step away, pause, close your eyes, place a hand on your chest, and ask, “What do I most need right now?” Then give it to yourself. 

Living from the inside out is a new way of being for many, and it requires us to slow down and approach our relationships more intentionally. And it will support you in cultivating a desired state of being that will ripple out and affect everyone around you for days, months, and even generations to come.

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Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally recognized transformational coach and speaker and the author of three books on life balance, including the award-winning Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. Renée has been creating and leading transformative retreats for women for more than twenty years, and thousands of women in more than ten countries are facilitating and joining self-renewal groups based on her award-winning self-care curriculum. Connect with her online at www.ReneeTrudeau.com and subscribe to her weekly Live Inside Out blog here


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