Homeschool burnout … it happens.
Even when we think it can’t happen to us, it can.
I am not an expert, nor do I hold a degree in psychology, but I am a Mom.
A mom who homeschools, a mom who lives real life.
A life where laundry never folds itself and thus sits too long in baskets, where library books are sometimes overdue, where we have days supper has to be ordered in last minute because I was too tired to run to the grocery store.
But also a life full of fun, smiles, hugs, games, toys and learning along side of my wonderful family.
We all know life, at times, has a way of dishing out way too much on our already overfull plates. It has happened to me more than once, so I thought I would share some things I do to recover from those moments of feeling tired, overwhelmed or even what we all fear: Burnout.
This is not my expert opinion, but rather things I do for myself to help stay on track and yes…even recover in times of burnout.
My Real Life Recovery Strategies:
- Fun, Fun and More Fun; plan a Field Trip! “Planning the Perfect Family Field Trip”
- Coffee Shops and Book Stores – Journal some basic ideas to get back your groove “Find Your Homeschool Groove”
- Get Up and Get Moving “How I Stay Fit With Kids Underfoot” (my guest post at Lisa Johnson Fitness )
- Puzzles, Games and Play Dough
- Make a trip to the Food Bank or Gather things for a Toy Drive
- Pick a Small Corner of your House to re-vamp
- Get More Sleep
- Take some goofy pictures with your kids
- A good cup of tea and a good book for a family read-a-loud
- Take a Nature walk with your kids or just you and your spouse
- Skype with a friend
- Play some of your favourite music
- Say “NO thank you” to adding more into your schedule
- Celebrate Your Family – Have a Dance Party
Never loose touch with what makes you smile, what energizes you and what moves you. These will be your “go-to” self-care strategies!
Time for ourselves as homeschool parents may be limited, but that just means we need to be more diligent about taking care of ourselves.
Schedule time for yourself to recover!