nurseryschoolOne of my resolutions is to Treat myself like a toddler. I've found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.
For instance, I'm reading Nicole Malenfant's Routines and Transitions: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals (non sequitur: a surprising name for a childhood expert). She lays out several strategies for teachers to use in establishing routines and transitions for children. I'm going to try to apply them to myself.
Here's a tips list, loosely adapted:
- Turn routines into games. My evening tidy-up, while not quite a "game," is kind of fun and quite relaxing.
- Control the level of noise. I'm much calmer when there's no TV or music playing in the background. (Except at night. Weirdly, my husband and I fall asleep to all-news radio.)
- Organize space so it's attractive, well organized, and well lit. One of my most important Secrets of Adulthood: Outer order contributes to inner calm.
- Plan times each day for