No matter what you choose to do in life you can get into a rut and suffer from burnout and homeschool is no different. If you are new to all of this you can expect there to be times where you really question what you are doing, you may be confused or worried and then there will come the times that you will just have had it and want to give up.
- Take care of yourself. We have all heard it before. Every magazine or television show is telling you to take care of yourself. If you are the mother you may have a hard time with this concept because we perceive this attitude as selfish. This is the hurdle we must get over is this old mindset. It is the most unselfish thing you can do for our children (and husband) for you to take care of yourself so that you can be there to take care of them properly. Being a homeschool mom is stressful and your days can run together like you are on a hampster wheel and can’t get off. It is important to force yourself out of the cycle.
- Take mini vacations. We mean really mini. If possible find a way to have at least 10 minutes per day to yourself. Then find a way once a week to be gone for more than an hour. This should be out of the house if possible, those walls can close in on you fast. On top of this weekly event you may want to consider planning small getaways or something to look forward to every few months. This does wonders for your stress level. It is wonderful to know that there is a break coming just a short ways off.
- Disconnect. In today’s world it is critical to find a small window of time daily that you aren’t checking email, instant messaging, texting, or on the telephone. Even turning the television off and being free of all things media and technology can be wonderful and rejuvenating. Modern technology is wonderful but it also puts us all on beck and call 24/7.