• Chika Yamawaki

What parents can do in uncertain times



How can we raise a child in the world where social distancing and self-isolation have become a part of our regular vocabulary because of COVID-19? Doesn’t it take a village to raise a child but where is the village? There is no doubt this will be a challenging time for all of us, especially parents. We need to establish new routines while you and your partner work from home, and you may even need to figure out how to homeschool your child while juggling work.

Empty supermarket shelves. People panic buying and hoarding. we can feel the fear arising out of scarcity mindset everywhere in the world right now.

It’s more important than ever before to raise your vibration and stay calm in this climate because your kids pick up on your energy. If you’re worried and anxious, it’s very likely your kids will be worried and anxious too. I’m not saying you should hide your feelings but you need to learn ways to manage your feelings and emotions so your kids can learn how to deal with it by looking at how you handle it. So how can we raise our vibration? Managing our feelings and emotions is a big part and there are many ways to work with worries, anxiety, stress or overwhelm. I believe you will find answers in self-love & self-care practices. It’s time to look within and see what’s happening in our own inner landscape instead of blaming the circumstance or using it as an excuse.

Self-love

I believe self-acceptance is one of many key ingredients to cultivate more self-love. Accepting who you are just as you are, without the need for fixing or changing. Speaking kindly to yourself is another ingredient for more self-love. Pay attention to what words you’re speaking to yourself. Is it kind or is it harsh? Choose love and kindness over judgement & criticism. Forgiveness is another thing you can do for more self-love. If you lose your patience and snap at your child when she’s throwing tantrum for the 10th time, don’t beat yourself up. Forgive yourself first – you’re doing your best and you’re a human being before mother. Reflect on what happened and ask yourself a better question - what can I do differently next time?

Self-care

I know finding time is probably the biggest challenge for you right now, but you need to schedule in self-care practice every day because self-love grows more by practicing more self-care. The first person you need to take care of is YOU. If you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot take care of anybody. Fill your cup first so you can overflow with love. Moving your body is more important than ever before especially if you’re staying indoor majority of your day. Stretch your body and meditate everyday even if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes. Little bit daily is better than nothing at all or even once a week. Consistency is the key.

If you’re interested in diving a bit deeper into this topic, I invite you to join me for the FREE masterclass on Wednesday 25 March 2020. It’s half an hour session that starts at 11am but you can watch the replay if you cannot attend live. To register, hit the link below and sign up today. The replay will be available until 31 March 2020 so make sure to sign up before that.

FREE online event

Self-love & Self-care Masterclass

“How to thrive as a new mum in times of uncertainty”

11am on Wednesday 25th March 2020

https://courses.wayoga.com.au/masterclass

I’m excited I will be opening the door to my online program this Wednesday to continue supporting your yoga & mindfulness journey. The program is made up of short bite-sized videos of anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes so it’s suitable for any busy mums. Join the waitlist now and receive the bonus – self-care checklist when you sign up.

Online Yoga & Mindfulness Program

The Self-care Toolbox for Mindful Mums

Enrolment will be open from 25 to 31 March 2020

https://www.wayoga.com.au/self-care-toolbox-for-mindful-mums

If you’re breastfeeding, did you know I have another wonderful FREE resource available for you? This 10-minute meditation video will help you practice mindfulness while you’re nursing your baby. Suitable for bottle-feeding mothers too.

FREE 10-minute meditation video

Meditation for Breastfeeding Mothers

https://courses.wayoga.com.au/gift1

There you go. Plenty of free resources to support you at this challenging time. Let's keep our spirit high and be the person who offers a smile and positivity. In this climate where social distancing is encouraged, I believe finding support & community online is more important than ever and that's why you're seeing me creating more online contents. I hope this post is relevant and resonates with you and if so, please share it with your friends & family.


About Chika


Chika is a Yoga Australia registered teacher and mum to a toddler who is passionate about helping new parents prioritise self-care through the practice of yoga & mindfulness. She lives on the Sydney Northern Beaches and has helped hundreds of parents and children transform their lives through the ancient wisdoms of yoga & mindfulness.

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