It’s our final day of the 10 Days of Self-Care For Homeschooling Moms! I want to talk about what to do if, after your best efforts to avoid it, you begin to suffer from homeschool mom burnout.
Until now, we’ve talked about self-care that you can incorporate into your everyday life. Things you can do with your kids, things you can do by yourself while kids are busy, etc. But sometimes you really just need some uninterrupted time to yourself.
It’s time to call in backup! Find someone who would be willing to watch your kiddos so you can actually leave your house, by yourself.
Note: If you really want to be able to do something at home, this is acceptable ONLY if you have a responsible baby sitter or spouse/partner who will promise to respect your space and not interrupt you.
Here are a few suggestions on how to spend your “me-time”:
You don’t have to be a girly girl or a high-maintenance momma to enjoy a little pampering. If you think this is not your thing, I would strongly urge you to give any of these a try. You might be surprised.
- Take a warm bubble bath
- Get a manicure/pedicure
- Get a haircut. Try a new style or color!
- Listen to spa music.
- Get a facial.
- Enjoy a massage.
I’m not advocating you go on an irresponsible shopping spree here. I would imagine it’s more likely that you’ll be buying something that you’ve been wanting/needing for a while now but haven’t indulged yourself.
- Buy yourself a new outfit.
- Buy new makeup. Take the time to sit down and have the sales representative show you how to choose the best colors and how to apply it.
- Get a new book. (Spend time at the bookstore getting a good start on it!)
- Buy supplies to start that project you’ve been wanting to do. (Remember that new hobby you’ve been meaning to start?)
- Just go to your favorite specialty store and browse!
- Go for a walk or run. Find a new location to explore.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Play tennis with a friend.
- Go swimming.
- Go on a hike. Pick your favorite trail or find a new one!
- Try out a workout class at your local gym or rec center.
Date night-style remedies
Table for one? Yes, please! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with nurturing your relationship with yourself by taking you out on a date.
- Go to your favorite restaurant or indulge in a sweet treat.
- Go see a movie. Put your feet up and grab an extra large tub of popcorn.
- Go to a concert. Choose a sweet sounding orchestra or rocking guitars. Either sounds like a good time!
- Go see a play. High school play or big Broadway production there’s always a good show nearby.
- Attend a class or conference about something you’re interested in.
- Check out a nearby art festival or museum.
- Go to a sporting event. (Even if your kid is not on the team!)
- Be a tourist in your hometown.
Doing any of these activities once is always helpful. However, for best results, do them regularly and consistently.
I hope you’ve found some helpful advice in this series! Being a homeschool mom really is wonderful and rewarding but it can also be stressful and tiring. Take care of you and you’ll be the mom you want to be for them!
More on homeschool mom burnout:
- Dear Homeschool Mom Who Has Homeschool Burnout from Wendy at Hip Homeschool Moms
- More fun ideas from The Character Corner!
You’ll Also Love:
- Be sure to read the entire 10 Days of Self-Care For Homeschooling Moms series!
- Find Your Center: Its Meaning and Importance For Moms