All over the world, the International Day of Peace is observed every year on 21 September, even right here in Singapore! Of course, ‘peace’ is a noble and lofty goal on a world scale, but it has to start somewhere. Whether through yoga, origami, games or parades, it’s all about spreading the peace from right where you stand. You can even observe the Minute of Silence at 12 noon today – put those phones down, people!
So, in the spirit of creating a little peace in your immediate world, we thought we’d bring you some inspiration for how to commemorate and cultivate peace in everyday life – whether it’s finding peace or keeping peace, there’s a piece of it for everyone!
Peace should start with yourself, and maybe that weekly yoga sesh will do the trick but really, what better way to celebrate than giving yourself a pat on the back for keeping the peace (mostly) in your own world. Let’s face it, you’ve survived so far, from awkward teens and expat brats to cool, successful mums. Give yourself a high five for making it to adulthood in one (mostly) unspoiled piece. Carve out space for some ‘you’ time (even 10 minutes a day of self care helps).
Help your family cultivate a sense of peace
Start the kids off on the right foot by helping them understand and regulate their own emotions, whether it’s through fun picture books or mindful parenting – hey, whatever works. Work off that excess energy at one of Singapore’s heartland playgrounds or stop and smell the roses at some of Singapore’s most beautiful gardens. If the weather’s bad, some gardening might do the trick or get crafty and create a work of art. Teens might be a little harder to please but it’s important to stay strong against that teen angst without getting angsty yourself. If all else fails, bundle up the whole family and get away for a bit, – sea breeze and sunshine is always good for the soul.
Give back to your community
Touching on the ‘culture’ part of building a culture of peace, it’s always a good idea to give back a little. Whether it’s just recycling that old kettle, donating old toys or swapping instead of shopping, every action makes a difference. Maybe you haven’t found it yet, but there’s always a cause you and your family can help through volunteering or charity work, or an animal who needs a home – just try to stop yourself from adopting one of these little furbabies from the Cat Museum! Peace can even start within your own community by helping out a fellow mum in a support group. Whatever steps you take, baby steps or mum steps, remember it’s all in the name of peace.
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