7 Smart & Healthy Ways to Boost Your Homeschool Mom Energy
Could you use a boost to your homeschool mom energy?
It’s no wonder!
Homeschool life has a lot of moving pieces. And trying to keep it all together can feel like herding cats.
Luckily, there are some super smart and healthy energy boosters that recharge and refresh. Check out these ideas and tips for improving your energy level as a homeschool mom 🙂
Why You Need Healthy Energy Boosters as a Homeschool Mom
It’s Wednesday afternoon. Your homeschool week hasn’t been perfect but you’re getting stuff done.
Your homeschool day is almost wrapped up. You’re thinking ahead to that teetering pile of laundry that needs sorted and put away. Oh, and you need to figure out dinner!
You’ve been chugging along and then BOOM! You hit a brick wall. And all you want to do is crawl into bed and take a nice long nap.
This type of scenario is SO common for homeschool moms.
You’re usually up earlier than you like and you hit the ground running. Go, go go!
To keep going, you turn to coffee. And then more coffee.
Sugar also sneaks in there 😉
Sure, caffeine is great and all. I ❤️️ coffee! But, too much can give you the shakes and a terrible crash.
I’ve learned the hard way that too much coffee and sugar actually does NOT help me be a better homeschool mom. I get cranky, irritable, and yucky headaches.
Over the past 9 years of homeschooling, I’ve discovered some healthy alternatives to boosting my energy – without making me a hot mess express.
I share these tips and ideas as self-care reminders. Coffee and sugar may temporarily help but I care about your long-term well-being 🙂
Try these suggestions. Tweak them to best suit your life. And give yourself a big hug for finding new ways to help you rock your homeschool ⭐
7 Smart & Healthy Ways to Boost Your Homeschool Mom Energy
You’ve probably heard most, if not all, of these tips and ideas. Again, I share them as reminders so you can get on with enjoying homeschool life in a healthy and positive way 🙂
Water. It’s imperative that you drink enough water for your body size and level of activity.
If your water intake is low, it affects your overall functioning. Thinking gets foggy and your energy level goes down the drain.
That’s another reason why I recommend limiting your coffee (or other caffeinated-beverage intake). Too much caffeine can dehyrdate. Plus, it makes it harder to reach your recommended water intake.
A few fun ways that I make it more appealing to drink water is:
- Measured drink containers (so I can see my progress)
- Adding slices of fruit, especially lemon
- Making ice cubes with a bit of fruit or mint to jazz it up
- Cute drinking straws
- Using a water intake tracker (I’ve been using one on a new homeschool mom planner set that I have coming out soon!)
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Okay, that sounds like a weird tip. Like, duh, everyone knows you need to breathe!
Well, this type of breathing is different. It’s with intention. And it’s based on what you need at that time.
Breathing techniques can help you calm down, relax, and ease muscle tension. All of these things impact your energy level.
As natural as it is to breathe, sometimes you’re not actually doing it right. Well, let me rephrase that: you’re not doing it in a way that can truly benefit you 😉
Unless you’re concentrating, you probably tend to take quick and frequent breaths. That’s not bad, per se. But, you’re not reaping the benefits of deep, purposeful breaths that can energize you!
My go-to breathing technique works like a type of cleansing for me. Super simple to learn and practice:
- If possible, close your eyes. (I know you can’t always do this as a mom – especially when you have little ones. So, feel free to skip this step!)
- Gently close your mouth.
- Breathe in through your nose for a slow count of three.
- Hold for 3-5 seconds. (You may find it difficult to hold for long at first. No worries-you can build on it.)
- Open your mouth a little bit, like you’re putting your lips on a straw. Slowly breathe out for a count of 5-7.
- Repeat 3 times (or more, if necessary).
It’s gotten to the point that when I start this cleansing breath practice that my boys know to slow down, get quiet, and patiently wait for me.
After I’m done, I find that I have the energy to do keep going.
Such a simple yet powerful way to get it together and boost homeschool mom energy!
3. Stretches and Such
Our bodies can hold so much muscle tension. So draining!
When you’re under stress or sitting still for long period of time, muscle tension builds even more.
I find that getting up for a good stretch is so helpful in reducing muscle tension. Just stretching my arms up into the air and slowly bending down to touch my toes feels wonderful!
One of my favorite ways to take care of my body is yoga. When I notice a particular muscle group is tight or my posture is wonky, I’ll take out my yoga mat and do poses to counteract that tension and boost energy.
My boys often join me in stretches and simple yoga poses. Awesome ways for all ages to feel more energized and refreshed!
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4. Get Up and Get Moving
Quite often, the best thing to do when you have low energy is to get up and get moving.
I know it sounds odd but it really can do the trick!
Again, when you’re sitting for long periods of time (or don’t have room in your schedule to exercise), low energy can be your body’s way of reminding you to get up and move.
If you can, get outdoors. Take a walk. Do some yardwork. Go to the mailbox and see if you have any cool deliveries.
If the weather isn’t cooperating or you just can’t squeeze a trip outside into your day, enjoy some fitness fun with your kids. My boys and I have a blast with these free fitness prompts that include a variety of challenges.
A whiff of peppermint. The scent of lemon.
There’s something powerful about smells that can boost your homeschool mom energy.
Light a candle. Slice a lemon. Use essential oils in a diffuser or roll-on.
Think about smells that ignite your energy.
I love a mix of lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils in my diffuser. I started using this blend to help with allergies but quickly realized that it boost my energy, too.
During the holidays, a mixture of peppermint and pine make my energy soar.
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Put on one of your favorite tunes that pumps you up. If it’s appropriate for all ages, turn it on for all to hear. (And if it’s something from your youth – I get shocked when I listen to some of the songs that I loved growing up! – put on ear buds 😉 )
I think music is definitely a personal preference so choose songs that appeal to you. When I need a homeschool mom energy boost, I go for upbeat songs that make me want to get up and dance.
Put together a playlist of energizing songs so you can easily get your groove on!
Positive self-statements boost your mindset and energy levels.
You can choose something super simple like, “I have energy” to something a bit longer like, “I have all the energy that I need to feel good and enjoy today.”
Affirmations are totally customizable so play around with it and get creative. (Check out our free mom mindset challenge that dives into affirmations to learn more.)
Share Your Ideas to Boost Homeschool Mom Energy!
I KNOW that there are many more ways to boost homeschool mom energy. Please share what works for you in the comment area below.
And please come back and let me know if these reminders were helpful to you 🙂
This is a great article and so helpful! We always put ourselves last…..