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How to Find Calm in the Midst of a Pandemic

Our brains are made to protect us from danger, which is amazing, but they are not very good at recognizing when it is time to calm the freak down. Make sure you are in the driver's seat, not your primal brain. How can you do that? Be intentional with your thoughts. Read empowering thoughts like these. ("Take it one day at a time." is my favorite.) Read them again. Talk to yourself as much as you listen to yourself. You've got this.

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+ When you find your mind spinning in worry, stop and look into your baby’s eyes for 30 solid seconds. It will remind you that everything you need is right there. + Write on your bathroom mirror: Fear is always in the future. + Get outside every day. If you aren’t able to, open a window and feel the cool air come in for a few minutes. + Be mindful of the language you use. Avoid indulgent conversations about negative hypotheticals that are out of your control. + Remember that even when there is chaos, outside of you, peace inside is ALWAYS an option. Breathe into it. + Wrap that baby up for at least 3 hours a day. It will bring your baby AND you more calm and presence than just about anything else could. + Consider the thought that you were made for this. + Be mindful of the amount of news you are bringing into your home.

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