Is self care part of your daily routine?
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’s difficult to be the person or parent that you want to be. With this in mind, let’s pause to consider a few simple things that 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 too.
Listen To These Podcast Episodes About Self-Care
On the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast, we share two podcast episodes each week. On Monday’s our episodes are all about mindset while our Wednesday episode is about homeschooling and parenting.
Start listening now to get some ideas about how you can take care of yourself in the moment and how you can plan for future self-care too!
- Self Care For Homeschooling Moms: How To Start Scheduling Time for Yourself::Part 1 |Podcast Episode #95
- Are You Taking Care Of Yourself? Self Care Tips For Homeschooling Parents: Part 2 |Podcast Episode #97
You might also like these podcast episodes that also revolve around self-care and your mindset.
- Create a Vision for Your Future and Your Family |Podcast Episode #139
- Taking Care of Business |Podcast Episode #149
- Keeping Promises to Yourself |Podcast Episode #150
- Taking Care of Yourself: Self-Care for Homeschooling Moms and Dads |Podcast Episode #147
- Wherever You Are There You Will Be | Podcast Episode Episode #135
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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 definitely times that busy moms need to get someone to watch the kids now and just leave the house for a while. However, wouldn’t it be better if you set yourself up for some guilt-free me time?
Warning: some of these self-care tips are going to seem counter-intuitive.
You likely have ideas about what you would do if you had some time to take care of yourself. What you really need is help figuring out how to find the time you need – to do something for you. Keep reading to figure out how to create a slice of time for yourself.
- Recognize that you’re a woman first. Yes, you might be a wife, and you’re definitely a mom, but first and foremost, you are human too. Just 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.” You could even go a step further and make a quick list of some things that you would like to do or have.
- Plan for sleep. Everyone is happier when they get enough sleep – you included. Let’s face it, sleep doesn’t just happen for parents. 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 hours of sleep is to set yourself up for success. Decide what time you would like your family to be in bed and back up from there. Consider how long each step in your nightly routine takes and know what time you have to start the routine to get the kids to bed by your designated time. For an 8:30 bedtime, you might need to start at 5:00. It might look like this: dinner prep at 5:00, dinner and cleanup at 6:00. Bath time at 6:45 Reading at 7:30, Tucking kids in at 8:15.
Time is sort of like a pie. There is a whole pie and you can give it all away or you can have a slice of pie too!
- Tidy 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. Regardless of how old your kids are, there always seem to be a few things that still need done at the end of the day. Make a daily practice of tidying up your home before going to bed. Here are two steps that you can take daily to set yourself up for success the following day.
- End the day with a clean kitchen. Getting up to dirty dishes and cluttered counters is a hard way to start the day.
- Put a load of laundry in the washing machine every night. The next morning you can just push the start button to get the laundry going.
- 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. Write down the top 3 things you want to accomplish the next day and how you need to feel to get those things done. Then take a moment to find something that you are thankful for. You might consider ending the day by writing in a gratitude journal.
- Plan for morning routines. 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 own bed before greeting the family. On the other hand, if you are the mom of a newborn baby or your kids are young and you are up several times a night, then give yourself some grace and consider sleeping until the kids get up. However, be sure to build a solid wake-up routine from that point that includes space for you to get prepared for the day. Also, recognize that your sleep routine really does begin in the morning, so do consider this before sleeping too late.
- Get outside daily. Whether you go by yourself, a close friend, or connect with your kids while taking a walk, you’ll reap plenty of benefits by getting some fresh air. According to WebMD, some of the benefits of being outdoors include improved sleep, better focus and creativity, less anxiety, a healthier weight, and a better immune system, and better mental health.
Self-Care Isn’t Selfish…
More Self-Care Tips
- Do a thought download. Have you heard of this term? A thought download is simply putting your thoughts down on a piece of paper. You might have done a thought download to create a list of to-do list items. However, you can also download other thoughts as well. Write down your problems, your goals, or anything else that comes to mind. 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 short walk and download your thoughts while walking or at the end of your walk. Thought downloads can be incredibly beneficial, so choose a time of day to do this, and make it a daily habit.
- Take time to eat. Do you get hangry? If you want to be a happy mom, then eating nutritious foods is important. You might even want to sit down and take a lunch break with your kids or take some time for yourself after you put little ones down for a nap.
- Remember to drink water. Yes, water consumption is important! Keep your energy higher by drinking plenty of water each day.
- Make a plan for household chores. Recognize which chores must be done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. Get family members involved as much as possible. Delegate as many of the chores as possible. Get a housekeeper if you can. The moms who do it all rarely do it all. If you can’t get help, then turn on your favorite music and treat your housework like a workout routine. Get to work and tidy up your home.
Your Environment Matters Too
- Declutter your home. The less you have, the less you have to do. More items equates to more to pick up, organize, and clean. With less stuff, you’ll have more time for the people and things that matter to you. Yes, this includes you. You will feel like you have larger amounts of time available to you when you have less stuff. You can learn more about minimalism here.
- Plan for me 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. Decide how much time you can give yourself and how often you can take time for yourself. Is it daily, weekly, monthly? Make arrangements to spend this time with yourself, mark your calendar, and keep the appointment like you would keep a doctor’s appointment. You are important and you should take care of yourself. Be sure to check out this article about prioritizing your time.
Moms are human beings too. Doing the items above takes planning and work. However, when you do these important things, this is an act of love to yourself and you are setting yourself up for some golden free time. If you need help getting yourself organized enough to schedule some me time, then book a free call with Jackie. This could be your first step as you learn to practice self-care on a regular basis. Jackie loves helping homeschooling moms get organized so that they have the extra time to spend on the people and things that matter most to them. Yes, this includes spending time with yourself too! When you feel like you have a little time, then you can do some of the amazing things and self-care ideas below.
9 Easy Self-Care Tips For Moms
Here are a few easy self-care activities you can do at home in a short time frame.
- Have a phone call with an uplifting friend.
- Check out these guided meditation sessions.
- Take a short walk.
- Listen to a podcast that inspires you.
- Read a book.
- Take a bubble bath or add some essential oils to your bath.
- Take deep breaths.
- Eat good, nutritious, food.
- Listen to your favorite song. Have a living room dance party with your kids or by yourself!
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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6 Self-Care Tips That Take A Little Planning
If you can plan and have more time, then here are some more great ideas for self-care tips.
- Schedule a massage.
- Go to a workout class.
- Plan a weekend get-away.
- Go for a hike.
- Have dinner with a friend.
- Go to a hot springs, winery, garden, spa, coffee shop, or even your local library to read and relax.
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