Homeschooling wasn’t always the plan, in fact I said I would never homeschool on numerous occasions. When we started considering homeschooling the boys, we started seeking outside advice from friends, family and school teachers. From those who knew me the issue of my mental health was a concern. At first it made me feel sad and handicapped. I would sometimes cry alone because I hadn’t considered my mental illness could be an area of concern for normal life decisions. Nonetheless I understand it was important. So I’ve created habits to help me daily when I start to feel anxious or overwhelmed.
Below is a list of ways to make your day easier whether you struggle with mental illness or not.
1.) Wake up early. I wake up every morning at 5am. This means going to bed early around 9pm, this does cut my time to myself at night short but now I have two hours every morning to write, listen to podcasts, catch up on social media and honestly I’m more productive in the morning.
2.) Eat healthy. Sugar is a trigger for my mental health so I eliminate that. I love starting my day off with a hot ginger and lemon tea and then coffee.
3.) When you feel frustrated, (because you will) don’t engage ask your child for a moment of quiet time. When the boys are being disobedient or arguing with each other before I engage with them I go and grab my roller “calm” essential oil or light Palo Santo wood and take a minute to breath in and out. It’s like a mini meditation.
4.) You NEED me time. For the most part of this past school year it was me with the kids all day Monday-Friday doing school then evening routine. Saturday’s my husband worked on his car and Sunday’s are family days. I started to feel resentful towards my husband, because he had time away and I didn’t. So after my husband and I tried a few ways to ensure I had “me time” we’ve finally discovered Saturday mornings work for me to spend time alone doing whatever I please. When the week has been long, which is every week let’s be honest I have this time to look forward to.
5.) Girl Time. Spending time with other adults without kids is so refreshing. I’m actually constantly working on this, I am an introvert and could spend time at home alone and be just as happy. Research has shown that socializing with others actually decreases your depression so I understand its something I need to work on making a priority.
6.) Light some candles. Candles are so calming and bring me peace. I recently read the book The little book of Hygge and in the heart of wanting to create a cozy, calming home I thought I’d try candles and I haven’t looked back. We have candles lit every day, all day whether on the dinner table or school room seeing the candle lit just does something to my stress level.
If you’re looking for ways to work through stress, anxieties or depression during your school day I hope these tips will help you!