Homeschool Mom Self-Care on a Busy ScheduleBy Kay Orr

It’s not unusual to neglect homeschool mom self-care during your busy schedule, but taking care of yourself is just as important as the rest of the family.

There are many things begging for the attention of homeschool moms: school lessons, church activities, meal preparation and cleaning. It is easy to become consumed with caring for others while forgetting to care for our own needs.

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we are important! Here are four guilt-free ways that you can take care of yourself by focusing on homeschool mom care.

Take Care of Yourself — Take Time to Breathe

Oxygen! Everybody needs it! Have you ever really listened to flight attendants give the speech about what to do in an emergency? They instruct adults traveling with children to first put on their own oxygen masks, then help their children.

The reason is simple: if you cannot breathe, you cannot help your child. Take time each day to have uninterrupted breathing space to think about your day, your needs and yourself as part of homeschool mom self-care.

Homeschool Mom Self-Care — Eat Well

“Milk. It does a body good.” This commercial slogan is important for homeschool moms to apply to eating right.

Planning meals ahead of time will allow you to focus on nutrition, health and pleasure. And not all meals have to be kid-friendly. Kids will learn to adjust to your favorite meal. It also teaches your children to be considerate of other people, which is a valuable life skill.

Take Care of Yourself — Go to Bed Already!

When children are small, sleep is a hot commodity. But, once your children grow older, you should readjust your sleeping pattern. Our bodies heal in a multitude of ways while we sleep, so it is imperative to get a full night’s sleep.

Most Americans today “function” on some level of sleep deprivation. Many times, we process our to-do and shopping lists all the way to bed. Remember, your lists will be there in the morning. Refresh yourself through the peace and quiet of rest.

Homeschool Mom Self-Care — Be Joyful!

Stress is like a thief. It can hurt your attitude, take away from interactions with your friends and family, and steal your joy as a homeschool mom.

Take a few minutes every day to think about the positive influences in your life. What makes you happy? Can you find joy in every-day circumstances? Focusing on the positives in your day will bring a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. Go on, be happy!

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