Homeschool Mom during Holidays: You don’t have time to read this post…but you should!
Homeschool Mom During Holidays: You Don’t Have Time to Read This Post…but you should!
It is two weeks before Christmas and life is hectic for homeschoolers. Still doing schoolwork, decorating, choir concerts, errands, baking…
Do you feel like you are meeting yourself coming around the corner? SO busy and so much to do. Also, so much to keep track of:
- Holiday preparations
- Maybe even a little socializing??
It can feel like you do not even have time to read a post, but you should take minute and read this one. Why? Because you need a minute…just a minute, perhaps, for self-care.
You know the old story about the lumberjack who did not have time to sharpen his ax? He did not get as much done as his fellow wood-choppers who took the time to hone their tools.
The same thing applies to you, Homeschool Mom. You need a little bit of time to take care of you. We know that you probably cannot get away for a day at a spa right now, of course. However, a few minutes of self-care can:
- Keep you calmer
- Spark your creativity and ideas
- Help you think more clearly
- Maybe even give you a little more energy
With that in mind, here are some tips for an itsy-bitsy bit of self-care that might be enough to get you through…even if you don’t have time to read this post.
These quick self-care tips may sound cheesy but they are evidence-based research kinds of things. So, you can know that you are doing something good for you. Hey, maybe even teach these to your teens and add some interesting Health credit hours.
Take a few deep breaths. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Then exhale through pursed lips slowly. This will actually help keep your stress hormones lower. Then you will feel like the nicer person that you truly are.
You can download this freebie that explains the deep breathing exercise that Sister Vicki practices. It is called progressive relaxation.
Notice something beautiful
When you take a second and notice something beautiful, you will be a bit healthier and calmer. Psychologists call this practice, “Awe”. We people of faith understand that awe and wonder when we notice something beautiful that God has done or created. Or we feel gratitude and awe when we see something beautiful a human has created.
Awe moments will help lower your stress hormones and help you feel calmer.
Listen to uplifting music
Music can help calm and relax you. Again, this is something that will help you keep your stress hormones under control.
Hug someone (a person or a pet)
Hugs release calming and healing hormones. Also, hugs lower those pesky stress hormones down. Thus, you will feel like a nicer person.
Say or do something kind to a loved one
When you say or do something kind for someone, you both feel better. Kindness can also improve your health!
You may not have time for a marathon prayer session, but God is with you always. Talk to him as you go. And if you are tired of the normal daily prayer routine, try our Prayer Journal 1 and Prayer Journal 2. These are quick, interactive prayer activities. Good way to handle prayer during the Holidays. Download one today!
Honestly these tips are good anytime the stress level is high in your homeschool. We understand how life happens.
Homeschool Mom, you are worth investing in. You are a daughter of God and thus, valuable. Valuable enough to at least take a few moments each day to do some kindnesses for yourself. These quick ideas can help you keep calm and carry on! God bless you this holiday season!
You don’t have time to read this post but maybe you can squeeze these helpful posts in:
- Inspiring Christmas Projects for Homeschool High School
- Twas the Week Before Christmas Homeschool Bundle
- Christmas with 7Sisters – Real Christmas for Real People
- Roots of Christmas – A Good News Apologetics Presentation
- Lots of other FREEBIES in the E-bookstore. Download some today, Homeschooler Mom.
- Also, check out this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode with tips for helping teens stay in grace during holiday gatherings, even if there are challenging people there.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours. We at 7SistersHomeschool love our 7th Sisters. BTW- Did you know you are our 7th Sister? Well, you are! And we are glad you are in our community! Also, if you would like a little more encouragement and community, join our 7SistersHomeschool Facebook Group.
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