Do tears run down your cheek when you hear about self-care as a homeschooler? Tears because you think it’s never going to happen? Or maybe tears because you are laughing so hard at the very idea of such a notion?
Mama, it’s time to wipe those tears away! I’m going to share a few secrets of mine that allow this busy homeschool soccer mom of 5 boys to make time for self-care as a homeschooler. I only share helpful secrets that I’ve worked on and sorted out. Pinky swear!
Before sharing these secrets, I just want to assure you that these tips are not painful or complicated. I would never ask you to do anything that I would not do nor anything that would make you uncomfortable. These tips, in fact, are simple and practical.
Oh, and one more thing! I want you to chuck all those thoughts of being not worthy or special enough for self-care time to the curb! Friend, you are enough and you deserve to fill your cup!
Tips on Making Time for Self-Care as a Homeschooler
Now, I don’t want to lose you on this first one but it’s important. Before you go rushing off in a panic about homeschool organization, hear me out. If you want to relish in the delights of self-care time, organization is necessary. But, I’m not talking just about your homeschool!
Sure, tidy bookshelves and school supplies are groovy. And I suppose a well-organized filing system is helpful. I’m talking about organizing your time and how you use it.
Do you tend to fritter away the day on social media? Or binge watching Netflix? No judgment here! Been there, done that;)
What if you converted some of that time into self-care practices?
Easier said than done? I want you to focus on the positives of self-care, like stress management and overall increased sense of well-being. With that focus, determine how you will track your use of time. A time tracker can help. Also, set a timer to limit Facebook scrolling. You can limit yourself to one episode of your latest Netflix addiction. Believe me-it can be done! The rest of the episodes will still be there tomorrow!
This step goes hand-in-hand with organizing your time. Find a system that works for you. Paper or digital, schedule your self-care time. Tell trusted loved ones what you plan to do. It’s that whole accountability thing that helps us follow through with what we say we are going to do.
Planning builds anticipation. Anticipation builds excitement. You will be much more likely to go through with your self-care practices when you plan them out.
3. Ask for Help
Don’t be shy about asking your significant other, family member, or friend to help. Chances are an hour or two might not seem like a big deal to them, but could mean the world to you!
Be realistic in your asking. Don’t expect a week away! Share your need for some time for refreshment. If necessary, be assertive. Clearly state what you need, what you expect, and why it is important.
If you have the financial means, consider hiring someone to help with cleaning, cooking, or other tasks. You may be spending a bit of money, but you will be saving time and, perhaps, your sanity.
5. Exchange Time with Another Mom
If you don’t have the money to spend on outsourcing tasks, seek out a local mom who you know and trust. Work out a system to exchange childcare, cleaning, or cooking. Maybe a dear friend loves cleaning but you despise it? You adore cooking and she’d rather gag on a spoon. Make a deal! Cook a few meals for her. She cleans a few rooms for you. Bada-bing, bada-boom! You are spared doing a task you don’t like and may get some extra self-care time to boot!
6. Let Go of Expectations
Let it go, baby! Ditch those expectations about your house, yard, or other areas that you spend too much time on. Do you really need to spend an hour cleaning up the kitchen every night? Unless you have special plans for the next day, I doubt your kitchen needs to pass a white glove test;)
With the freedom of letting go of expectations comes the joy of more time for self-care!
Hope these secrets to making time for self-care as a homeschooler help. What tips would you add?
For more awesome ways to rock your self-care time, make sure to check out what my friends have to share on this helpful topic for Homeschool Monthly Blog Hops! We will be gathering our ideas and sharing our tips to help you rock your homeschool with select themes every month.
How to Make Time for You When You “Don’t Have Time” by Jen at Practical, By Default
Self-Care For Homeschool Moms – 17 Ways to Thrive! By Michelle at Homeschool Your Boys
Making Time for Self-Care as a Homeschooler by Crystal at Sharing Life’s Moments
Ack! I’ve Got an Extrovert! An Introvert Homeschooling Mom’s Survival Guide by Jackie at You Really Can Homeschool
Supermom, It’s Okay to Say No: Self-Care for the Chronically Over-Scheduled by Ginny at Not So Formulaic
Awesome Adulting: Be the Inspiration You Want For Your Children by Dachelle at Hide The Chocolate
How to Pilfer Me Time When There’s None to Spare by KT at LitMama Homeschool