I love my kids. I love spending time with them. I love that I have the opportunity to homeschool them.
Sometimes things I love STRESS ME OUT!!
Anyone else relate????
So is the plight of the homeschool mom. Most of the time, life is good and runs smooth. Then there are times when life just gets crazy. One kid decides he doesn’t want to write today. The other kid is having a teenage meltdown. Someone just spilled the science experiment all over the kitchen floor. You need to start dinner. There is no food in the house. One kid has hockey practice in 30 minutes and the other needs to be dropped off at a robotics club meeting on the way. Your husband is working late.
I’ve never personally had that happen. I’ve just heard about it. <ahem>
Instead of running away, I take a deep breath and do something to de-stress. I have to in order to keep my sanity. Running the hamster wheel without a break is not a pretty sight.
Stressed Out Mom Hacks
I have my ways I like to de-stress. A hike in the woods if the weather is nice. A hot bath. A nap. They are my usual go-tos for relieving stress. On The Homeschool Scientist Facebook page, I asked homeschool moms for their favorite ways to reduce their stress level. They had some great ideas that I would like to try.
“Have a cup of tea in my favorite chair.”
“When possible, sit outside in the sun and listen to music.”
“Take a mental health day and we watch educational videos.”
“Take a hike, spend the day exploring the creeks, rivers, and lakes… more a fun day mini vacation with an explorative study day.”
“I started a recycled garden with the kids and they look for “trash” that can be used as a planter/vine support/garden barrier….and I get to sit in it admiring the vegetables growing. Usually when I start explaining the process of soil composition, composting or the vegetables themselves, the children seem to disappear.”
“Coffee with a friend.”
” I work for my cousin doing marketing for her business. So, basically something creative with adults.”
“Music, sit on the porch and listen to birds, or looking at a magazine”
“Step outside, breathe deeply and reset”
“Nap, they have screen time and I get an hour of down time.”
“After I have put my daughter to sleep, I enjoy a tall bottle of mineral water along with watching a movie or the news. Often I am also texting with my mom friends to finalize co-op or play date plans.”
More Stress Relieving Ideas For Moms
Looking for more ideas to relax and re-energize? Try a few of these.
- Take a walk
- Lock your bedroom door and have a cup of tea
- Hire a mommy’s helper so you can have some alone time, even if it’s in your own home
- Get a babysitter and go for a drive
- Call a friend
- Listen to music
- Meal plan so meals aren’t a source of stress
- Spa Day
- Spend more time (on websites like www.shoehero.com) to completely understand the products you use
- Get your nails or hair done
- Read a book
- Knit, crochet, paint, craft
- Watch a movie
- Date night
- Hire a housekeeper
- Keep pizza delivery coupons on the fridge (for real)
How do you get rid of your stress?
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