I’m a nurse, so I love the word critical. It paints a very clear picture in my mind of the importance of a situation. If a patient is in critical-condition then I know it’s time to work, and work hard, because a life is on the line.
That’s how seriously I want you to consider self-care in your own life. Self-care for homeschooling moms is not optional, it is critical. In this series, we’ll talk about why your needs are unique, and how to find a self-care routine that works for you.
Why Is Self-Care For Homeschooling Moms So Important?
My oldest son has special needs and he really worries – about lots of things.
If I ever mention that the gas light has turned on in the minivan he gets very concerned. He worries that we may not be able to make it to the gas station in time; that we’ll be stranded by the side of the road.
Every car needs fuel to run. If the tank is empty then the vehicle does not go. (I bet you already know where I’m going with this.) Don’t let your physical and emotional reserves of fuel run dry. Don’t get stranded on the side of the road.
Taking care of yourself is not self-indulgent. If anyone wants to accuse you of being self-indulgent then you just tell them that you homeschool. Enough said.
I don’t even think self-care is about taking care of yourself because you “deserve it”.
Self-care is about doing the things you need to do fill your tank. Keeping your physical, emotional, and spiritual tanks full of fuel allows you to have a greater capacity to cope with stress, enjoy life and drive your family to the places you want to take them.
Both literally and figuratively speaking, of course.
How To Recognize When It’s Time To Take Care of Yourself
Effective self-care starts with recognizing when your tank is getting a little low. Every mom is different, but here are a few things to watch for as you teach yourself how to recognize how your body responds to too much stress.
- Situations that don’t typically bug you are REALLY bothersome
- Physically and emotionally tired
- Increased pessimism
- Depressed mood
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
Truth: The earlier you start taking care of yourself the better.
In fact, if you set up a scheduled routine of self-care activities, hopefully, you never get down to the empty-tank stage on the self-care spectrum.
Taking care of yourself is not self-indulgent. If anyone accuses you of being self-indulgent, you just tell them that you homeschool. Enough said.Breanne
How A Homeschooling Mom’s Self-Care Needs Are Unique
A lot of the topics we’ll talk about over the next several days are relevant to all moms, not just moms that choose to homeschool. And I hope they’re reading this, too. Every mom can benefit from a good self-care routine.
However, homeschool moms have a unique set of challenges that make finding the time for self-care particularly difficult.
The most obvious of these challenges is that their kids are always home.
It’s very difficult to be away from the kids. Even if there is a moment to work on something other than mom duties, there are constant interruptions.
The littles need attention, the middles are asking for help, or the olders have somewhere they need to go.
If you can manage to keep the kids at bay for a short amount of time, there’s also the day to day homemaking tasks to be done. Dishes to wash, groceries to buy, dinner to cook, etc.
And don’t get me started on laundry. (If I were a superhero, laundry would be my kryptonite.)
Over the next 10 days, I’ve tried to modify for that uniqueness. I’ll try to point out a ways to get your self-care in while your littles are under foot.
Ready? Let’s do this.
More on self-care:
- I love how well Renee at Simply Snapping Mom shows how difficult self-care with children around can be!
- Here are some great self-care tips from IHomeschoolNetwork!
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