On a recent episode of “Inside the Mom’s Club” podcast, hosts Monica Samuels and Julie Orchid sat down with American Pop Icon and 3x Grammy Award Winning artist Taylor Dayne to chat candidly about the trials and tribulations of living in quarantine and raising her 19-year-old twins, daughter Astaria and son Levi, during a once-in-a-generation pandemic.
After listening to the podcast episode, I was curious how she managed her own personal wellbeing during this unprecedented time. I was lucky to get the chance to chat with her about the tools and practices she utilizes to replenish her own emotional cup and stay grounded.
“Family dynamics have been altered, and every home has been challenged. This whole experience has been mind-blowing!” Dayne shared.
As a working single mother managing a full schedule, a career, and raising budding adults, her experiences dealing with children reflected my own and many other women I know. Dealing with personal issues while dealing with the anger and frustration our children are going through is taxing and exhausting, as their emotions are often directed at us as parents. It can be a challenge for any parent to remain a steadfast beacon of unity and strength. We are only human!
During our conversation, Dayne opened up about her personal struggles during this time, “I’m not going to lie; I went through bouts of depression. March was a tough month for me. Sometimes those dates come, and they’re just hard on you.”
But through it all, Dayne remains optimistic and has discovered the power of vulnerability and the importance of maintaining health and wellness in times of struggle. “Some days are harder than others,” she shared. “I manage my wellness so that I don’t get overwhelmed.”
Some of her highly recommended practices are sound baths, pranayama breathing methods, infrared saunas, and yoga. She emphasizes that these practices not only hold short-term benefits but can have long-term cumulative effects. She recommends checking out YouTube for videos and setting up a personal time when you can get in a rejuvenating practice. “You got to take those private moments.”
As we start to see the light at the end of this dark tunnel, we begin to embark on a journey to collective healing. “Healing will help us get through this,” Dayne says. “Kudos to everybody! We are all growing and changing more this year than in our lifetime.”