When was the last time you took some me time? Is self-care part of your daily routine? Do you spend time doing your favorite things? In this article about self-care for moms, you’re going to learn about some counter-intuitive ideas that will help you take better care of yourself.
If you are so busy taking care of everyone and everything else that you aren’t caring for yourself, then this article is for you. Self care is important, and it’s especially essential for homeschooling moms. As a homeschooling parent, you can’t underestimate the value of taking care of yourself.
When you aren’t at your best, it isn’t easy to be the person or parent that you want to be. With this in mind, let’s pause to consider a few simple things you can do to free up your busy schedule. It’s time to plan for your own needs so that you can take better care of yourself and your family.
Listen to Podcast Episodes About Self-Care
On the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast, we share two podcast episodes each week. While our Wednesday episode is about homeschooling and parenting, our Monday episodes are all about mindset, We share these episodes because your mindset as a parent can make a tremendous difference as you homeschool your kids.
Here are some podcast episodes that will inspire you to take care of yourself!
- Create a Vision for Your Future and Your Family
- Keeping Promises to Yourself
- Self-Care for Homeschooling Moms and Dads
- Wherever You Are There You Will Be
- How to Start Scheduling Time for Yourself
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12 Practical Tips That Will Lead To Regular Self-Care For Moms
We’re going to be practical here. While you can schedule an occasional outing for yourself, what you need is a realistic plan for regular self-care. Let’s get started by setting you up for success, and that begins with running your household efficiently. Yes, there are times when busy moms need someone to watch the kids so they can leave the house for a while. However, wouldn’t it be better if you set yourself up for some guilt-free me time?
Setting Yourself Up for Self Care Success: Counterintuitive Tips
Some of these self-care tips are going to seem counterintuitive, but when you think them through, you’ll realize that they make sense. In essence, creating habits that serve you better will allow you to take better care of yourself.
You likely have ideas about what you need and want to do to take care of yourself. However, what you truly need help with is figuring out how to find time for yourself. Here are a few tips to get started.
- Recognize that you’re a woman first. You might be a wife, a stay-at-home mom, or a working mom, but first and foremost, you are human. Like the rest of the family, you have needs, wants, and desires. Take a moment to acknowledge this fact by looking in the mirror, and saying, “I am a woman first. I have needs too.”
- Make a list of things you want to do or have. As a homeschooling mom, you always consider what your kids need and want. Remember to include things that YOU want and need too!
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Bed Time Routines
- Plan for sleep. Let’s face it, sleep doesn’t just happen for parents, and it certainly doesn’t happen for many new moms! If you have young children, they might be waking you up multiple times a night. If you have teenagers, they might want to stay up later than you. The best way to get enough sleep is to set yourself up for success. Decide what time you would like your family to be in bed and back it up from there.
- Create your own bedtime routine. After the kids are tucked in, and you’ve tidied up for the night, it’s time to set yourself up for success.
- Make a daily practice of tidying up before you head to bed. Yes, tidying up is self-care. Your environment is a reflection of your mind. It’s difficult to be clear-headed when your home is a mess. When you tidy up your home, you’ll tidy up your mind too. Here are steps that you can do each evening. These steps will help set you up for success the following day.
- End the day with a clean kitchen.
- Put a load of laundry in the washing machine every night.
- Make a list of the top three things you want to accomplish the next day.
- Write down how you want to feel the next day.
- Take a moment for gratitude and journal something that you are grateful for.
- Plan your following day before you go to bed each night. As a parent, you know things don’t always go according to plan. However, you will get far more out of any given day with a plan than without one.
- If your kids are older and you can plan a morning routine for self-care, then do it. This could include journaling, exercising, showering, and making your bed before greeting the family.
- If you are the mom of a newborn baby or your kids are young, and you are up several times a night, give yourself some grace and consider sleeping until the kids get up. However, build a wake-up routine from that point that includes space for you to get prepared for the day.
- Plan to start the day a certain way. How you start your day is up to you, but do it with intention.
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What Is a Thought Download?
- A thought download is simply writing your thoughts down. This doesn’t have to take much time, and there are a variety of ways that you might do this. In essence, you can write about anything that comes to mind.
- Jot down what’s troubling you.
- Write down your goals.
- Take note of how you’re feeling.
- Create a list of to-do list items.
- Take note of anything that comes to mind.
Why Do a Thought Download?
When you write down your thoughts, your mind will start working through any issues or goals even when you aren’t consciously thinking about them.
You might consider doing a thought download on a daily basis. One great way to get your thoughts flowing is to take a walk and then write about whatever came to mind on your walk. Thought downloads can be incredibly beneficial, so choose a time of day to do this, and make it a daily habit.
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If you’ve ever had a problem that you couldn’t figure out how to solve, felt frustrated about the same thing over and over again, or had a goal that you couldn’t achieve, then life coaching is for you.
When you sign up for a coaching session, you can bring a homeschooling problem or any other challenge that you have in your life to your appointment.
Learn more about our coaching services here.
Benefit From Time Outside
- Get outside daily. Whether you get outside by yourself, with a close friend, or play outside with your kids, you’ll reap plenty of benefits by getting fresh air.
- Benefits of being outdoors. According to WebMD, some benefits of being outdoors include improved sleep, better focus and creativity, less anxiety, a healthier weight, a better immune system, and better mental health.
Move Your Body & Have Fun
You could do the same workout every day of the week, or you could focus on moving your body. It doesn’t matter if you go swimming, hiking, or play at the park with your kids. Moving your body is good for your soul and your overall health. Make moving for fun part of your daily life!
Drink Water & Take Time to Eat
- Do you get hangry? If you want to be a happy mom, then eating nutritious foods is essential. Sit down and take a lunch break with your kids or take some time for yourself after you put your little ones down for a nap.
- Remember to drink water. Water consumption is important! Keep your energy higher by drinking plenty of water each day.
Your Environment Matters Too
- Make a plan for household chores. Get the whole family involved. Turn on your favorite music and treat your housework like a workout routine. p.s. Get a housekeeper if you can. The moms who do it all rarely do it all.
- Declutter your home regularly. The less you have, the less you have to do. More items equate to more picking up, organizing, and cleaning. A little bit of decluttering each week goes a long way! With less stuff, you’ll have more time for yourself and the people who matter to you. Learn more about minimalism here.
- Plan for alone time. Plan time to do something that is about you. It’s not about your mom, your bestie, your hubby, or your kids…it’s about you. Make arrangements to spend self-care time with yourself, mark your calendar, and keep the appointment like a doctor’s appointment. You are important, and you should take care of yourself. Learn more about prioritizing your time here.
Moms Are Humans Too
Doing the tasks above takes planning and work. However, when you do these important things, this is an act of love to yourself. When you plan ahead, you are setting yourself up for golden free time.
If you need help getting organized enough to schedule some me time, then book a coaching call with Jackie.
She’s a long-time homeschooling mom, the founder of HomeSchool ThinkTank, a licensed physical education teacher, and a life coach. And she’s passionate about helping homeschooling parents so that they succeed at homeschooling their kids.
p.s. You can book a coaching call even if you aren’t a homeschooling parent.
This could be your first step as you learn to schedule time for self-care. Jackie loves helping homeschooling moms get organized so they have extra time to spend with the people and things that matter most to them.
15 Easy Self-Care Tips For Moms
Here are a few easy self-care activities you can do at home in a short time frame. These are great suggestions that will help you rejuvenate and be the best mom that you can be.
- Listen to our Mindset Monday’s podcast episodes.
- Read a book.
- Have a phone call with an uplifting friend.
- Do one of your favorite things: play an instrument, paint, scrapbook.
- Check out these guided meditation sessions.
- Work out at home with a video.
- Take a short walk.
- Go on bike rides with or without your kids.
- Take a bubble bath or add some essential oils to your bath.
- Curl up with a good book.
- Take deep breaths.
- Eat good, nutritious, food.
- Listen to your favorite song. Have a living room dance party with your kids or by yourself!
- Book a coaching call with Jackie.
- Join our support program for homeschooling parents: THRIVE!
Moms Are Champions…
If you’re a homeschooling mom and you need a dose of inspiration, listen to Carrie Underwood’s, The Champion. We think that the lines from this awesome song are perfect for homeschooling parents!
Great words from this song. As a homeschooling parent, you nearly need to be…
When you get knocked down, do you get up again? Here’s what CHAMPION stands for in The Champion by Carrie Underwood.
C: C is for the courage I possess through the trauma.
H: H is for the hurt, but it’s all for the honor.
A: A is for my attitude working through the patience.
M: Money comes and goes, so the M is for motivation.
P: Gotta stay consistent, the P is for persevere.
I: I is for Integrity, innovative career.
O: The O is optimistic, open and never shut.
N: And the N is necessary, cause I’m never givin’ up.
See, they ask me how I did it, I just did it from my heart…The Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris
Homeschooling moms are doing and giving from their heart every single day. Remember to take care of yourself too!
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10 Self-Care Tips That Require a Little Planning
If you can plan ahead, then here are some more great ideas for self-care tips.
- Schedule a massage.
- Have a fun date night!
- Go to a workout class.
- Plan a weekend getaway.
- Go for a hike.
- Have dinner with a good friend.
- Take a class for fun to learn new skills.
- Start a new hobby.
- Go to the hot springs or have a spa day.
- Relax at your favorite winery, coffee shop, or local library.
Go ahead and take a little time for yourself. It’s good for your emotional health and family too.
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At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we’re passionate about supporting homeschooling parents. Whether you have questions about homeschooling or need help getting your life in order so that you can be the parent that you want to be, we’re here to guide you.
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