We live in tumultuous times. It can be difficult to pull away from the daily upsets and what often feels like the chaotic nature of the world.
If we have unsettled thoughts the evidence mounts that the world is an unsafe place. The good news is that when we feel settled, we feel more secure.
“As within, so without.”
Our work is to find more of what helps us settle. What brings us comfort? This feels like a topic worth a moment or ten.
Let’s remember the only thing we can control is ourselves.
Carl Jung states, “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”
Rather than being thrown hither and yon by circumstances, let us explore what comforts us and put more of that in our lives. Once we have implemented a few self-care routines, we can explore this issue with our children.
How can children settle themselves when pressures mount and they need comfort? You can help them discover what they find soothing. Explore this together. Each child is unique in their needs and inclinations.
Do they like quiet? Snuggling in their bed? Reading a good book? Listening to music? Do they have safe people they can share their feelings with? Do they enjoy playing with the dog? Stroking their cat?
Putting a few comforting things in our lives helps us weather the inevitable storms of daily living.