My morning and evening self care routine doesn’t end there. I am a big tea lover, so I go to my kitchen to brew a fresh pot of tea - jasmine in the morning, chrysanthemum at night. I just love smelling the beautiful, natural fragrance of tea whenever I lift the cup to take a sip. I’ve started to share the loose tea leaves with my toddler son to smell the different scents and play with the different textures. It’s a part of our tea time routine together.
My new reality during quarantine is that it’s uneasy navigating an unusual new world outside of our home, but comforting in the fact that my family is safe and well and that we are together. Nonetheless, it has been quite the routine to adjust to, because both my husband and I work full time and now in quarantine, we have a 20-month-old son with us without any help or childcare. My husband and I were able to figure out how to split our time with one of us working and the other being with our son during the work week. This time has also challenged us as a family to find fun ways to entertain a toddler in the home, clean out rooms and put together new areas of play, and exercise outdoors safely. Sometimes our son loves the different play stations we have at home. Some days, all he wants to do is to go outside and we have to figure out how to do that while keeping ourselves safe. While we have somewhat of a routine, we are still navigating this one day at a time.