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.
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.
- Read the Bible.
- Listen to praise music.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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?