Apr 6, 2016
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Homeschool Moms and Rest

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Homeschool moms have a job that’s 24/7. Between school, homemaking and the kids we rarely stop. If I had to guess I’d say most of us have a to do list a mile long and feel like we NEVER get it all marked off. Right?

We run ourselves ragged and we end up burnt out. Overwhelmed, and oftentimes grumpy with our kids. But, how do we fix it? When we have 100 things to do how can we stop and still get it all done?

The answer? We can’t! But, we have to REST anyway.

Homeschool moms are one of the worst when it comes to rest. We honestly don’t have time to rest, but it is important that we MAKE the time.

Don’t believe me? The University of Washington recently published an article talking about the importance of rest:

Rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for all ages. It rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood, and is linked to learning and memory function. On the other hand, not getting enough rest can negatively affect your mood, immune system, memory, and stress level. University of Washington

So, we know it’s important, but how do we get it? Here are a few ways a homeschool mom can add more rest into her day.

How to Add Rest to Your Day

Have a set time everyday where the kids are “quiet”. This could be a movie, nap time, reading time, or something else. I have done this since my kids were little, but I often take the time and catch up on work.  Then, I heard Chrystal Evans Hurst speak in a workshop about the importance of her 2-4 time. This is the time each day when she does things that SHE wants to do. Maybe it’s returning a phone call, browsing the web, reading a book, or even taking a nap. She sets that time aside to rest her mind and body and focus on her needs.

Implementing a quiet time each day is an important part of teaching our kids to rest our bodies and minds as well. So, if you haven’t yet, establish a quiet time into your homeschool day.

Another idea is to turn off screen time an hour or longer before bed. Studies have shown that turning screens off before bed leads to a better night’s sleep and more rest for everyone. If you need down time before bed, consider reading a book, writing with pen and paper, working on a puzzle, or playing a simple board game.

Rest is important for everyone, and by implementing rest into your homeschool day you will be a happier mom for your children. No one likes feeling wore down and exhausted, and adding rest time can prevent you from becoming a burnt out homeschool mom.

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Misty Bailey is a married homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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