Strategies for the Overwhelmed Mom

All homeschool moms face some overwhelming days. This year has been a real roller coaster for me. I sail through a couple smooth days—maybe even a week. Then, out of the blue, I am accosted by argumentative kids, a messy house, a huge pile of laundry, no dinner plans,… and the list goes on! I have created a list of strategies I can use “in the trenches” to overcome feeling stressed out.

Spiritual Refreshment

Often I feel overwhelmed when I have neglected to seek the Lord or have taken my focus off of him and placed it on my troubles instead. I can get back on track by spending a few minutes alone with God.

  • Pray.
  • Read the Bible.
  • Listen to praise music.
  • Journal.
  • Sing.
  • Play the piano (or other instrument).


Have I been rushing around all day? Maybe it is time to take a break. Even spending just 5 minutes relaxing can give me fresh perspective and lift my mood.

  • Relax outside.
  • Have a cup of coffee or cocoa.
  • Color a picture.
  • Read a book.
  • Pet the cat.
  • Blog.
  • Soak in the tub.
  • Look at old photos.


When I am busy taking care of my family, I sometimes forget to take care of myself. Spending a few minutes taking care of my body can help reduce stress.

  • Drink a glass of water.
  • Take a power nap.
  • Have a snack.
  • Wash my face.
  • Take a shower.
  • Exercise.

Home Care

Even doing a small chore can make a big difference in how overwhelmed I feel. If the room is an obstacle course or the table is completely cluttered, my stress level soars! Investing just a few minutes to make the room more presentable calms me.

  • Do a 5 minute quick clean of a room.
  • Clear off the table.
  • Wash the dishes.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Light a scented candle.

Family Time

Have my kids been acting out because they need more quality time with Mom? Maybe it is time for us all to unwind together. When I feel stressed out, my attitude can quickly spread to the kids. We all need to relax, blow off steam, and destress together.

  • Group hug!
  • Watch a video.
  • Read aloud.
  • Play a game.
  • Sit and chat over tea or cocoa.
  • Have a pillow fight.
  • Watch them have a silly show.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Make silly faces.

Reaching Out For Help

I do not have to do everything myself. Family, friends, and my husband are there to support me as well.

  • Call or text someone.
  • Enlist the kids to help.
  • Have my husband pick up dinner.
  • Chat with my husband about what is going on.
  • Post on a supportive online community.

Has my list inspired you? What destressing strategies would you add?