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Staying Centered While Social Distancing

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This week’s blog focuses on the importance of connecting with our core values and provides key tips to parents during this period of social distancing and COVID-19 confinement. To help facilitate this discussion, we reached out to Founder of BLND Health (BLND) Brooke Buys and Head of School at The Montessori School Ann Pilzner.

By delivering personalized mental health experiences through therapy and professional coaching, BLND’s (pronounced “blend”) goal is to improve their clients’ overall quality of life.

“We approach mental health as a collaborative process to navigating life more intentionally,” Buys explained. “Our mission is to provide a blend of accessible therapeutic experiences, creative approaches, and skills-based interventions to overcome obstacles to live well.”

Being so familiar with the intricacies of mental wellness makes Buys an excellent source of knowledge for those looking to maintain mental and physical health during their time in isolation.

“Much of what we work with clients on is being present and connected in the moment,” she shared. “Now more than ever we need to be able to practice that, particularly when the moments change so often.”

Buys also recommends finding four to five personal beliefs, or core values, that individuals can focus on if they are finding it difficult to live in the moment.

“When we are aligned with our core values, we are less likely to be distracted by the future or the past and practice good tools of mindfulness and meditation,” she said.

In addition to clinical therapeutic support, Buys and her team recommend art, yoga, and physical movement as tools for coping with anxiety and living an intrinsic life.

As the Head of School at The Montessori School, Pilzner is a reputable resource on both education and the development of young minds.

For the parents unsure of how to keep their children engaged academically, Pilzner finds that a rigorous home school schedule is not always necessary. Instead, she feels it is more important to be involved in their growth as people.

“We need to teach our children life skills and life lessons,” she recommended. “There is going to be a lot of trial and error but as we teach these skills in the long run, children will feel accomplished and confident.”

These lessons should also be accompanied by a positive attitude, as it is equally important to teach children that it is possible to make the best out of any situation.

“Parents can teach their children coping skills and show them that there is still a lot of good going on,” Pilzner explained. “We have to view it as a gift that we get to be home with our favorite people.”

Additionally, Pilzner shared that following a regimented structure of activities is not necessarily required for a child’s growing mind.

“You don’t have to be a math or history teacher, but we can all read a book with our kids,” she assured. “There are so many hands-on learning activities you can do. Small things like puzzles and blocks can help develop spatial awareness, as well as teach colors and shapes. Physical development is also important, so get out in the fresh air and let them run around.”

We would like to thank Brooke and Ann for sharing their expertise with us this week. We hope their advice helps you find enjoyment and relaxation even in these strange times. Stay calm, Kalamazoo!

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