4 Ways to Avoid Homeschool Mom Burnout That Take No More Than 30 MinutesRhonda Clark
Burnout is a real, and scary situation for any mom, but for homeschool moms, burnout is a tragedy. Homeschool moms tend to be more than everything to their family.
- They are the primary caretakers for all children in the household
- They are primary educators for all children in the household
- They are the primary transportation to activities, outside lessons and sporting events
- They are coordinator of all activities both inside and outside the household
- They are nurses to the ill
- They are cooks for the hungry
- They are keepers of the laundry
- They are on call 24/7 and expected to respond to any emergency or minor situation with a smile
This list above is not exhaustive. There are so many other roles moms play within and outside the household that I can’t name them all. And what do these moms earn in wages?
- Hugs & kisses
- Fits of rage when clothes aren’t ironed or clean
- Nasty attitudes when handing out school assignments that seem unpleasant or are unwanted
- Whining, crying, and gnashing of teeth when household chores are to be completed
So how do moms avoid losing their minds? How do they continue on when the laundry room is spilling over with dirty clothes and the sink is full of dishes? Here are five tips to help keep your sanity.
#1. Take a Brief Mommy Timeout
I promise, it’s okay to remove yourself from the stressful situation. Every now and again, between the laundry, kitchen, dog, cats, and both kids, I get totally overwrought. In those moments I take a timeout. It would be nice to take one minute for every year of my age, but if I did that, I might not get back up and do anything, or I’d fall asleep and lose a couple of hours.
Ten to twenty minutes is most often all you need. Lock the bedroom door, pop the earphones in, turn up the music loud enough to drown out the kids, and take a few deep breaths. You can close your eyes, but don’t fall asleep. You still have a full list to accomplish today.
#2. Take Bubble Baths
This has become one of my favorite activities to indulge in after everything has settled down for the day. I’ve found some great de-stressing and sleep preparing bubble bath and bath soaks. Occasionally, I light candles and just chill out in the dark, or I read a book.
Tip: if you’re limited on time, but still want to de-stress with a bath, set a timer.
I can hear the groaning already, “When do I ever have time to exercise?” I can relate. This year I plan to schedule a time to exercise. It doesn’t have to be a hard workout; you can go for a 30 minute walk around the block or mall, perform yoga, or do simple stretches. I find that doing just 30 minutes of activity helps me sleep better at night and be less grouchy through the day.
#4. Spend Time With God
There’s nothing better than bonding with your Savior. Praying and studying God’s word will give you an eternal perspective and take your mind off the trappings of this world. When you have your heart in the right place, the mounds of laundry and piles of dishes don’t look the same.
We need to keep our hearts focused on eternal things, not the temporary. If you believe you don’t have time to schedule another activity, the set a timer for 5 minutes in the morning and at bedtime to pray and read scripture. You will be amazed how that 10 minutes a day will give you refreshment.
To many of you, this list may seem trite. That is not my purpose. My purpose is to encourage you along this path that God has placed you. Some of these ideas may not work well for you, your family, or your lifestyle. If so, I encourage you to find your own five ways to relax and de-stress this year.