How to Recharge and Reset, homeschool mom time.
We are finishing up our series on Homeschooling Burnout today.
Spring is upon us, although the weather in some parts of the country may not be expressing that just at the moment, but with the time change over the weekend, surely there is a light at the end of the tunnel 😉 I am ever hopeful.
How Do I Renew Myself During Mom Time?
Down time doesn’t come very often in my house, but when it does, here are the things I enjoy when I take a break.
It may be as short as a 15 minute break, or it could be a whole day – but however much time that I do have, I try to make the most of it to recharge myself and get on track to tackle either the rest of the day – or looking ahead at the days and weeks in front of me.
5 Ways to Recharge and Reset
1 – Have a hot cup of tea.
And I’m not talking about fixing tea and then buzzing around doing a whole bunch of other tasks while it sits there and gets cold. I mean fix a nice cup of your favorite tea and just sit and savor it for a good 15 minutes. If you must do something at the same time, grab a book you are currently reading, pray, or just meditate on why you are resting. Enjoy it!
2 – Exercise.
My favorite medium for a workout at the current moment is a power walk around my neighborhood. Take your best shot at what works for you, in your season of motherhood right now, and just get out and do it. It may be yoga or stretching, Pilates, the treadmill, hiking or biking, swimming or running. Whatever your best exercise method that you will actually do is what is best for you. Getting your body moving clears your brain, flushes your body of unwanted toxins, and will rejuvenate you by getting that blood flowing. Go for it!
3 – Go out to lunch or coffee with a friend.
This means without children if possible and a time where you can reconnect with a like-minded person that you enjoy being around. It might mean a little logistical planning on your part if you have little ones, but maybe you can swing this even once every few weeks. An hour away from home without the blare of kiddie mania will do you a world of good to refresh yourself and give you a new perspective on why motherhood is so great 🙂 Trust me on this one. Make it happen!
4 – Have a date with your husband.
Isn’t it awesome when the planets align themselves, you check with your spouse and whammo – it’s date night! I love it when this happens, even if it’s an impromptu lunch date shopping at Costco. Take whatever opportunities come your way in this regard. It’s a wonder what just a little bit of time connecting with your sweetheart can do for your marriage and for yourself. Fill up your love tank whenever you can. It’s a good tip for a really great marriage and relationship. Plan it!
5 – Take yourself on a date to the bookstore.
I can’t say enough about having a solo date. My personal favorites are the coffee shop or the bookstore. Really ANY bookstore or even the library for that matter. Surrounding yourself with beautiful spines of books unread or even old favorites is like a balm to the soul. And you don’t have to buy anything, in fact, I rarely do – but just immersing the soul in literary goodness will fill you with a peace and serenity to go home and tackle the really unruly tasks of your day-to-day. And, if you happen to come home with a select parcel of goodness, all the better 😉 Relish it!