As humans we get into a mode of procrastination and not getting things done. On occasions we are not in the right state of mind, in the right place, or the environment is setup in a way where obstacles arise everywhere.
One of my biggest distractions is the clutter that seems to get into my workspace and all around the house. Lately I have been doing a better job at just attacking clutter from the first item that gets misplaced by storing it immediately. I have also been reading up on Feng Shui to help me organize my home in a way that it increases peace and harmony.
With a 20-month old it can be difficult sometimes having everything organized. We are teaching her how to clean up after herself. We make it fun for her by using a song many of you might have heard (the clean up song).
Organizing clutter is not the only thing I do. I also make sure the temperature indoors is comfortable by using a fan or a/c, the sounds (preferably music) are calming and fun, and choosing aromas that can wake up the mind and calm the spirit.
Not only do I use these methods for getting myself in the right state of mind, I also use them with my daughter when I see something is out of balance.
When she gets cranky and shifting into tantrum mode, I have a small checklist in my head analyzing what is going on with her so I can balance out the situation.
My daughter is like me and she is not a fan of sleeping. Lucy says she is like her dad that when it is time to go to rest she still wants to keep on going. On occasions that desire to continue awake, battles with her body telling her to shut down for a little while or for the day.
When I see this type of behavior, we look for her favorite blanket, change her diaper (especially if it is at the end of the day), set a temperature where she is comfortable (usually colder since we live in the tropics and her active little lifestyle keeps her always sweating), and I might even use aroma therapy with essential oils to calm her down.
Last year I learned from Candance Vorhaus via her blog on the benefits Frankincense in creating a calm environment and calming the body. I have been using Frankincense since to help my daughter calm down.
Setting the environment for our kids is as important as setting the environment for us. When there is an imbalance in our environment, we need to search for that balance because it benefits your child and the rest of the family.
How do you set the tone in your home to have a healthy and balanced family environment?