I was nervous about moving into the high school years of my daughter’s educational journey. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. As I read books and talked with other homeschool moms, I discovered two principles that helped me relax, enjoy this new stage, and homeschool high school with confidence.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: Take care of yourself before taking care of others. It really is important for us to put our self-care as a priority in our lives and it is not selfish to focus on your needs. When you take care of yourself, you will have more energy and a better mood to take care of your family. In this episode, we will explore practical suggestions for four areas homeschool moms often struggle with to take care of themselves: sleep, exercise, healthy eating, and finding joy.
So how do we get it all done? In the next five podcast episodes, we will be exploring this topic and talking about how you can pare down your to-do list so you don’t feel so overwhelmed and can find joy in your role as a mom and homeschool facilitator. Today we are talking about the key questions you need to ask yourself as you begin to assess why you feel behind. They are simple but powerful.
It’s so easy to focus on what we could have done better or what we should have done differently. It is much harder to brave and acknowledge what we are doing right. I was so thankful for this reminder from Jamie Erickson in this podcast episode to remember that we are doing a lot right. And we should celebrate it! She also reminds us of the importance of having routines and rhythms in our day instead of rigid schedules.
My to-do list had taken over my life. There was always something to do. I never felt like I accomplished anything even though I did check lots of things off my to-do list. I decided something had to change. I began studying time management books. I purchased a variety of planners trying to find one that would work for my homeschool mom life. I started reclaiming the margins of my life. Over time, I discovered four strategies that helped me tame my to-do list and find rest.