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Its back to homeschool time! Whether you homeschool year round or follow a traditional school schedule, who doesn’t get excited by September’s fresh promise of clean starts, new supplies, fresh outlooks and autumnal enthusiasm?
I love all the preparation, excitement and start of school in our house!
That is, until I begin to neglect things in an effort to keep all the school/home/sports/exercise/date night balls in the air.
Are You Guilty, too?
By mid-September which better describes you:
- blissfully connected to your children, husband, friends, sailing through the routines of the day, remembering the appointments, creating wonderful meals that everyone wants to eat, encouraging everyone to help to pick up toys and books scattered all over the place, settling children peacefully to bed and finding time for deep conversation and sex with your husband before snuggling in bed and falling asleep after reading a few chapters in the book you have been raving about to friends?
- irritated and annoyed that no one can seem to find their shoes, reaching a boiling point as you try to get pigtails put into hair, teeth brushed, yoga pants on before dashing out the door to xyz, rushing through the day only to discover ants have invaded the pantry, the chicken didn’t defrost, no one wants to clean up the messes, your husband forgot the milk, snippy comments tumble out of your mouth as you try to force the children to close their eyes and forthelovejustgotosleep, after which you tumble headfirst into bed and fall asleep with the light on?
Last year I reached a point in my motherhood journey where I started to be able to do things for myself again. I wasn’t breastfeeding, the kids were sleeping through the night (mostly) and I could leave them to their own devices for some length of time without fear someone would fall or choke.
So I got serious about taking care of myself. Now I find I am more connected and cheerful and less simmered in anger and frustration.
I gathered self care ideas in my bullet journal and then made it a priority in my daily routine.
30 Self Care Ideas for Back to Homeschool
- Buy your own office supplies. Planning and dreaming is more fun with colorful pens and post-its!
- Do some yoga before breakfast or at the end of the day.
- Make a Capsule Wardrobe to save yourself time but still look put together every day.
- Brew some tea in the afternoon.
- Grab some more steps in the morning before the time change occurs.
- Make some granola or this baked apple oatmeal.
- Read something good like this or this or this.
- Do a full body stretch when you wake before rolling out of bed.
- Grab your favorite planner and give in to that urge to organize your whole life.
- Make tomato sandwiches with the last of summer’s bounty.
- Free write or journal every day.
- Find daily inspiration to enjoy with your coffee in a quiet moment.
- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to that coffee.
- Strategize lunches (yours too!) so you don’t feel frazzled at noon.
- Do your nails…or ask one of the kids to do them for you.
- Habituate your day and find a groove.
- Hug your kids and husband every day. On purpose.
- Play games.
- Make a batch of your favorite quick break like this less sugar pumpkin bread.
- Breathe. (You just took a breath as you read that one, didn’t you??)
- Read some poetry.
- Get fascinated with something new.
- Schedule a coffee date with yourself and put it on the calendar.
- Set up an online class at Playful Learningfor the kids and let someone else take care of content for a bit.
- Try a one line a day gratitude list.
- Watch the sunset.
- Buy a new sweater in anticipation of the chill in the air.
- Check out a new library book.
- Try a monthly challenge like this one all about morning time at Your Morning Basket with Pam Barnhill.
When I make it a point to take care of myself I am so much more able to care for my little family. I feel more in tune and have more energy.
Happy Mom, Happy Homeschool
This fall will be filled with all the fun of new discoveries, beautifully changing leaves and the promise of great things–make sure you can enjoy it because you are engaged and connected. These self care ideas will help put you on the right track; happy mom, happy family-and happy back to school!
I hope you have a great year! Get more self care ideas and inspiration when you follow me on Pinterest!