Time to Go Back to School
The beginning of a new school year always comes with feelings of excitement and nervousness, but this year, like last year comes with a sense of uncertainty and restlessness that parents and students aren’t familiar with.
Whether you’re going back to school in a physical location or still taking classes remotely, this school year is bound to stress out everyone involved: parents, students, and teachers alike. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to dealing with stress and uncertainty, but there are some tools and techniques that you can try and add to your coping toolbox.
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Have a Schedule and a Dedicated Workspace
It can be hard to get into the swing of things if you are all over the place physically. Having set times to start your day, take breaks, and end the day can go a long way toward helping you feel a bit more normalized. Likewise, having a space that is dedicated to doing your schoolwork and only your schoolwork is an important step in helping your mind stay focused. It is just as important when you are done for the day so that your brain doesn’t constantly feel like it should be focusing on work rather than winding down.
Create a Supportive Environment
Set the mood for a supportive and productive workspace with the right scents. Scent can either soothe or invigorate us, and in times like these you could probably use a little bit of both depending on the day and your individual needs. Whether the choice is scented candles, essential oils, or a diffuser, here are some scents to try.
- Citrus: Lemon, orange, lemongrass, grapefruit, and lime are all fantastic choices if you need a little lift.
- Peppermint: For both mental clarity and energy.
- Rosemary and Eucalyptus: For alleviating sluggishness.
For Reducing Stress
- Jasmine: Great for inducing a sense of peace and calm.
- Lavender: This is a tried and true option when you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Neroli: Promotes calm and stops excessive worrying.
- Yuzu: Helps to decrease negative, emotional stress.
For Cleansing Your Space
- Cyprus: Purifies the surrounding area and grounding.
- Frankincense: Removes negativity.
- Clary Sage: One of the best for removing negativity.
- Spikenard: Acts as a shield against negative energy and sludge.
Add Some Crystals
Just as scents can change the energy of the environment, certain stones and gems can also help create a supportive space that you can thrive in. Always make sure that a piece of Selenite is included so that the stones can be cleansed and charged as needed.
- Blue Quartz
- Blue Tiger’s Eye
- Smokey Quartz
- Botswana Agate
For Creativity and Inspiration
- Clear Quartz
- Tangerine Quartz
For Protection Against EMF’s
- Black Tourmaline
Get Insight for the Day
I am a huge advocate for pulling a Tarot card or sigil each day. It gives me something to focus on as I go about my daily tasks. Start by taking a nice deep breath and relax, shuffle the deck, and then pull a card. It may offer a head’s up for challenges that might come up or give a much-needed affirmation that things are on the right track and just need to keep on moving.
One deck that I have found that helps me to focus on uplifting thoughts is the Earth Magic Oracle deck by Steven Farmer. It is an awesome little deck that is far more direct and forthcoming with its messages than traditional Tarot, or even Lenormand cards. If you are looking for something a bit more esoteric, then consider the KuanYin Oracle from Alana Fairchild. This oracular deck even includes exercises that you can do to get the most out of each card’s lesson and message. This is one deck that I have the phone app of and do use on a regular basis.
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Meditation and Movement
Getting out of the house and into the fresh air can go a long way toward clearing the mind and rejuvenating the spirit in the face of claustrophobia. In case your yoga class or other exercise location is still off limits for safety reasons, there are many resources that we can use to access things like guided meditation, yoga, or movement classes. Setting aside 15 minutes a day to simply be in the moment without all the expectations and stress that we are constantly bombarded with can do amazing things for our overall well-being.
Humans are social creatures by nature, and although everyone can do with a bit of quiet and alone time, we still need to have regular connection with friends and loved ones. Social distancing and required isolation can make this seem almost impossible, but with the help of technology, staying connected isn’t as difficult as it seems. Utilize computers and phones to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, create watch parties, join online groups like Meetup.com and meet like-minded people who are also trying to keep the isolation-crazies away. We may not be able to hug and meet up like we are used to, but this does help bridge the gap and help to feel less alone. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of screen-free time so that you don’t get zoomed-out.
Keep Your Head Up
The past year and half have been full of challenges and change, and I have no doubt that we will all be kept on our toes for the remainder of this year too, but with a little forethought and some creative tools, we will all be able to navigate the changes and thrive in spite of them.
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