Ladies, we’ve all done it at some point: we’ve let ourselves go. I’m the first to raise my hand and say I have gone years and years without properly caring for myself. As a homeschool mom who was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, anemia, and undergone medical testing for Chron’s disease just a few years ago, I have to let you know that it’s simply not okay to not take care of yourself.
Do yourself a favor, and don’t let your go!
I learned through my mistakes and I’m here to encourage you. I have realized the error of my ways: years of limited sleep while raising tots, years of very little food with nutritional value, years of limited exercise and unwise dietary choices. I also spent years placing my own desires and permission to enjoy life on hold.
I’ve decided to quit letting myself go. And I’m encouraging you to do the same, homeschool moms!
Homeschool mom, don’t let yourself go!
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Here’s why it’s important to take care of you.
If you respect yourself first, so will others. I think this is one of the more important things to realize: that you must put yourself first and respect the “you” that you are.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. As a homeschool mom, we tend to look out for the needs of everyone else first, but we can’t forget about ourselves.
If you want to be around for a long time, you have to respect your space, your body, your time, your energy, your emotions, your spirit, your mind…and make others respect you too.
Replenish yourself physically.
I’ve been on a real health kick lately because of what I endured back in 2015. I don’t wish to go through illness ever again, and especially not while I’m raising my kids. I need energy and lots of it. I embrace good health and encourage others to do the same because I realize it’s absolutely no good to live your life unhealthy.
Homeschooling while sick is not fun, so be sure to replenish yourself physically with:
- loads of nutrients your body needs
- plenty of water
- plenty of rest
- regular exercise
Exercise, exercise, exercise. There’s no way around this, ladies. We have just got get moving. Whether it’s a daily walk, nightly stretches on a yoga mat, Pilates, or a Zumba class (I do all of these!), pick something you love and add it into your daily regime.
Before I could get out of the house for group exercise classes and my kids were young, I chose to join Leslie Sansone on walking videos, and eventually graduated to Turbo Jam. I did this for years before I finally was able to make good use of a gym membership at our local YMCA.
However you choose to get in your workout, it’s always important to make exercise a priority. I promise, you’ll feel better!
Nourish your soul and tap into your delights.
One way I’m nourishing myself is through weekly night rituals of bubble baths, essential oils and candles. I sometimes put on relaxing spa music and soak away my troubles in epsom salts.
Another thing I’ve been doing lately, besides exercise, is picking up a new book from my Amazon wishlist or from Barnes and Noble about once every few months. I am committed to reading new books to expand my mind over the course of the year. Additionally, I picked up my crochet needles and set to work on creating a blanket for my daughter recently. Soon, I hope to start soap making and getting back into my songwriting. These are all big dreams and hobbies that I’ve put on the shelf for many years. I am now picking them back up because I miss these things about myself.
Being a mom doesn’t mean we should forget who we are. What is it you loved doing before you became a mom? What lit your fire? What makes you happy?
Is it sewing? Dancing? Art or music? Did you enjoy writing or playing an instrument? Did you enjoy attending or hosting parties?
You don’t have to give up your delights just because you’re a mom. Homeschool moms, especially, should learn to to nourish our souls.
Our soul, literally in Greek is translated “psuche” or “psyche”. It’s our intellect, as moms, that oftentimes cries out for a little extra attention. Sure, we’re learning all kinds of fascinating things as we homeschool our kids. But sometimes we just need to go on treasure hunts and intellectual pursuits of our own.
Tapping into your delights is something you can start doing any time. Start small if you have to, but don’t neglect your soul.
I hope these tips have helped you. What are some ways you are not letting yourself go?