11 Tips to Mamastay healthy during a pandemic

Michelle Jones

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We don’t really know how long the pandemic will be staying. However, I’m sure we can all agree that it definitely has over welcomed its stay. There are so many questions and a lot of stress over “what to do”, “how to feel”, “how to keep calm”, “how to cope” during this Pandemic. The first thing I want you to know is that you are not alone. There are so many mamas struggling with this issue as well- including myself.

Second, I want you to know that there are several ways to try and stay calm and staying sane for you and your family. Whether you are a mom of one, two, three, four…. All moms can apply these same tips. So let’s dive into them.

Your kids rely on you for physical and emotional safety so make sure you are there for them when they need you. Here are some key elements that might help you:

1. Meditate. Find 5 minutes if that’s all you have to meditate first thing in the morning if you can or if you can’t than any other time during the day. Do this DAILY if possible. It will help you stay calmer the more you practice it. I know it can be hard finding the time to do this especially if you have more than one child, but it is important that you do find the time to do so.

2. Make them follow sanitation and preventative rules. Hand washing, staying home, wearing a mask if you need to leave your home. You can even create a game or a chart for the to play with where they get to write down step by step of what to do and at what time. (Example mentioned below)

3. Offer extra hugs and say “I love you" more often. The more hugs the safer they will feel. The more you tell them you love them the safer they will feel. Not only children but all humans need hugs and during a pandemic they can only really get them from the family they live with. So it is vital for them to know they are safe and these kinds of affection will mean much more than just a hug.

4. Make your partner get involved when he gets home. Especially if dad is around. Remember he is also there to raise your kids. He is not there to “help out” he is just as responsible as you are for them. Use this time for yourself and whatever you did not get done during the day. Rest. You need it mama. It’s not easy staying at home with kids without a pandemic. So yeah, it is VERY hard during one.

5. Accompany them to sleep at a decent hour. Read a book with them. Have your partner take on this task too, but remember for them to get quality sleep. Too little sleep makes it more challenging to learn and to deal with emotions and for as a SAHM- the more quality sleep they get, the better your day will be- especially if you’ve got some sick kids around sleep is a must.

6. Answer their questions. If your kids are talking and asking questions about the pandemic answer them. Just be honest, no need to lie about it. No need to stress about it. You don’t need to over complicate things. Simple and honest is always best.

7. Keep healthy routines. Create an organized schedule for them to follow. Something that offers them reassurance during these difficult times and something that can work for them and for you too so you can get things done around the house.
For example:
8:00 am – Wash hands before breakfast
9:00 am – Some activity they like doing (before they move on to the next thing, make sure they wash their hands). You can even create an activity of them playing and using the mask in their play making sure they are covering their nose and mouth properly. This way you can prepare them whenever you leave your home.
12:00 pm – Wash their hands before lunch…..
and so on and so forth.

8. Use positive discipline. Being indoors all day can be very, VERY challenging for us as moms and it can get even more challenging to (a) toddler or children that are used to going outside and exploring or simply playing with their friends. So yes, being inside every day all day can be stressful for them. That’s why being patient with them is so important, and if your baby is not talking yet, being stressed, scared or anxious can be a way for them to describe their feelings. Look out for their behaviors’ and act upon considering them.

9. Use creative play. If your kid(s) already watch TV, it’s ok for them to do but (my honest recommendation…) limit the time for its use. If they get bored, find something else for them to play with or do. Some suggestions are: coloring books, helping you cook/bake, build a fort with blankets and sheets or whatever you find- kids LOVE playing with stuff that’s already in their home, playing with their favorite stuffed animals, reading books, play with puzzles, going outside and play, use your creativity! There possibilities are endless. Sometimes, if your children are big enough they might even come up with something of their own. Can’t think of anything? Try Youtube videos!

10. Take a bath with them in the middle of the day. If you have smaller kids, get in the tub with them. Wear your bikini to involve some positive affirmations towards your body if you have not done it during the day already. If you’ve got older kids, get them in the bath or if you can grab a large bucket and take it outside and have them play with water.

11. Remember to take a breath when things get out of hand before reacting to yelling or any other aggressive behavior. I’m not judging. I’ve done it too mama but it’s important to remember that we set the example. How we behave with our children is what they will learn at school and in life. So be gentle with them but also with yourself. Give yourself some grace mama. Give yourself a breather whenever you need it.

Hoping this serves you well, mama.

With love,

Mamastay_healthy

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Every mom has her struggles and I know how hard it can be lacking the support a mama needs to keep pushing. This is why I'm devoted to write about the honest, unfiltered and the non-sugar coated side of Motherhood; the chaos, the beauty and the blowouts. My intention is for moms and moms-to-be feel supported and empowered in order to thrive at Motherhood one step at a time. I share what has worked and works for me to make it easier for them. It's all about Honest Motherhood.

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