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Let’s cut to the chase. The mental health of a homeschooling mum is important! Homeschooling can be emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually draining. So we have to look after our health as homeschool mums.
Don’t get me wrong, it is rewarding, life-changing, phenomenal and such a blessing… and as a homeschooling mum, I wouldn’t trade our journey for anything.
But, as homeschooling mums, we give so much, so it is important we take care of ourselves.
Here are 5 simple ways to take care of your mental health
1. Take regular breaks
It is so easy to try and fill up every minute of the day and every day of the week when homeschooling.
Be sure to take regular breaks. This not only helps to lower the anxiety of getting to places on time, and the stress of being perfect but also allows your nervous system a chance to regulate itself.
2. Take a walk in nature
There is just something about being outside, preferably somewhere in nature where it is quiet and you can get lost in the beauty around. For those who live in the city, find “that park” or a hotspot for you to go to when you need that time out.
3. Do something you love
Sometimes it is hard to know what you love when you feel so lost in motherhood, wifehood and being everything to everyone else. But start small, read a book, watch something new, go out with a friend, make a call, do a word search. It can be anything that you enjoy.
4. Plan something to look forward to
Planning a day out, activity or trip somewhere can vastly improve your mental health. Knowing that something fun is going to happen can give you something to look forward to and help you get through the more challenging days.
5. Get it out
There is something about getting your thoughts out of your head. I can’t explain it, you just have to try it. There are a few ways you could do this.
Journaling allows you to say whatever you think and feel without a filter, and no one else has to see it. Speak to someone, whether it is a friend or family member. If you have no one, why not try one of the charities for parents. Praying is known to improve mental health too.
Just as we take time to drink water, exercise and look after our physical health, it is important that we look after our mental health too.