Taking Care of Yourself – Self-Care is Family-Care
When is the last time you stopped and asked yourself if you were doing alright?
As parents and homeschoolers, we spend the majority of our days helping others. We plan nourishing meals, seek out curriculum our kids will enjoy, drive to activities and playdates—and WE LOVE IT! Don’t get me wrong, I know we’re all grateful for the privilege to be home with our kids.
But during this time of year, we get tired too. We’re running about trying to make sure the holiday plans have been made, the special events organized, and the amazing meals planned out! We have more to do and less sunlight (and it feels like less day) to do it in! All of these factors affect how we feel, and in turn they can affect how we homeschool and parent.
Taking care of yourself is important! Take a minute to ask yourself a few simple questions…
- Am I eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water?
- Am I sleeping enough?
- Is exercise a regular part of my routine?
- Do I have spiritual, creative, and intellectual outlets that I can regularly count on?
- How are the relationships in my life?
- Do I connect regularly with several good friends?
- Am I enjoying our family’s homeschool life as much as I can?
- Do I wake in the morning feeling positive and filled with gratitude?
As the primary caregiver and educator in your home, finding time for self-care can be a real challenge. Look around. Do you know of other parents with the same needs as you? Get creative. Share resources with one another. Child care swaps are great fun for parents and for kids too! I know it can feel awkward, but making sure that you are taken care of enables you to better care for your family and loved ones!