Comfort starts with awareness of the mind-body connection. Pay attention to the fact that all of you is connected – your social, emotional, cognitive and physical systems – and each of them impact each other and how you move through the world.
- Become a stress detective!
- Recognize the signs and sources of stress and how it impacts your physical and emotional states as well as your behavior.
- Reduce stress by becoming aware of what it feels like when you are just starting to feel stressed, as well as what it feels like to be calm.
- Reframe stressors so that you can develop personalized strategies for self-care. Take “me” time and develop self-care routines. You are positively modeling for your child how to modulate emotions when you use strategies to self-soothe and seek balance.
- De-stress and stay active. Eat, play, move, and sleep. Walk, meditate, dance, chant, do yoga – whatever you enjoy! Take the time, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block.
- Finding comfort takes time. Be patient with yourself as you practice. Once you are comfortable, you can be a powerful source of comfort for your child.