I have learned after a few years of homeschooling that I really need to take the time to relax. I mean, as a Mother alone, it is hard work. Add 5 children’s education to the mix and you have one stressed Mama! Homeschooling with a toddler also has many challenges. So, I have been working on learning to relax more. You would think this would be easy but let me tell you, it is not. Mama, we have to take the time to relax, not just for ourselves but for our families.
I made myself a list of simple ways I can relax and that does not take too much time. I don’t have much of it these days! I chose my top 3 to share with you today. Are you ready?
Be more mindful throughout your day. Try focusing on one important task or activity. This allows you to let go of other obligations for a time. Once you give all of your attention to that one thing, your body is able to release unwanted stress and anxiety. There is always tomorrow to finish that to-do list. It is all about balancing your mind and taking control of what bogs you down. To be totally honest, I am still working on this one.
Diffuse Lavender Essential Oil
I highly recommend diffusing oils for many things. For stress, lavender essential oil is amazing. If you have a diffuser, you should always have this oil on hand. However, if you do not, you can use a carrier oil and add the lavender to it. Apply it to your temples and wrists. When you breathe in this oil it will calm your body and help you relax. It is also great for headaches!
***Please be sure you know the safety of oil usage or seek a professional. Especially around babies and children. You can find more information by clicking here.***
Oh and I forgot to mention lavender tea! Have you a cup to calm your nerves.
Get Active: Walk, Run & Dance!
Sitting in front of a computer or standing for long hours can be draining. So can running after a toddler and helping four kids with their busy work! Oh and let’s not forget all those daily chores that tend to pile up quickly.
Just leave it be. Stop what you are doing and go for a walk. Maybe even turn on your favorite music and get jiggy with it! I’m totally serious. Getting your blood pumping will release those happy hormones and guess what else happens? You are much more relaxed and happy.
My kids love to join in. We are big on music around here. It is what motivates and relaxes us.
If you are lucky enough to get away for an hour to run, that is even better. We all need some time to recharge. Especially us homeschool Mom’s!
Why you should take my advice…
Well, because I’ve been there and I really wished someone would have reminded me. I spent countless days and months stressing over so many small things. It did no good. In fact, I was making life harder for my family.
I wasn’t taking care of me. I still have a lot of training to do on myself. We deserve to take time to relax and feel good. This helps us focus on the positive and motivates us to keep going. I honestly get so excited to learn and griw with my children.
When I finally remember to relax, whatever that may be at the time, I feel like Super Mom again.
I hope this serves as a positive reminder to love yourself enough and take the time to relax.
Before you go try some of my tips, do you have any to add?
What are some things that help you relax and recharge?