Sunday, December 30, 2012

Moms Time Out: Finding Time For Yourself

Let's face it, no matter what method of homeschooling you use, it can be exhausting work. There is a lot to balance when one is committed to being mom, teacher, wife, housekeeper and not enough time in a day to get everything done all the time. So how does one keep from burning out? Finding time for yourself of course!

It is important to take time out for yourself on a regular basis to reflect, rejuvenate your batteries, contemplate, review and just simply get that much needed downtime. We are not an elite group of super hero's as much as we would like to think we are! We are human, there is only one of us usually and there is only so much we can accomplish before we need a small break to get ready for the next round.

For some it is easier to find that time alone, for others it may not be so easy. But no matter what the case it is important that you find that time. Taking care of yourself is the first step in being able to take care of the ones you love.

What you do in that time for yourself is up to you, but should be something that rests your weary body, uplifts your soul and revs up your creative thought processes. It may be taking a candle lit bubble bath, a long walk in nature, a quiet place to read or journal write, fishing, or taking a yoga class or some special cooking or art class.

When you are well rested and in a good mood, others pick up on this and follow your lead. We are in a better position to homeschool with joy when we take the time to treat ourselves in order to serve our best to others. Would you rather be taught by a tired and grumpy person that is short on patience? Or would you prefer to be served and taught by someone who is well rested, overflowing with joy and almost an unlimited amount of patience and giving?

If you like to keep daily to do lists, make sure you put "Take ME TIME" on it!

Taking time for yourself is not a selfish act, it is an important treatment of self-love that strives to be your best so you can best serve the needs of your children, spouse and family. By ensuring you are taking time for you and not burning out or stressing out, you are putting your best foot forward and modeling a happier well rested person. By putting forth a happier well rested person, those around you will be happier.

Find a way to give yourself a time out on a regular basis, even if all you can manage is 5 or 10 minutes a day, that just may be enough time for a peaceful short meditation to center your being and restore a more peaceful you! The older the kids get, the easier it is to find a little more time!

You deserve it and so does your family!