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Homeschooling can be a job that drains a mother of her energy and motivation unlike just about any other job around. After all, you don’t get to leave the headaches behind and return to the safe haven you call home. To avoid complete burnout, there needs to be a regular time to have refreshment for the homeschooling mother, whether daily, weekly, or monthly. I have found that taking a break from the kids to enjoy a cup of tea can go a long way toward rejuvenating my body, mind and spirit so I can pick back up with household and homeschooling duties. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias
Refreshment for the Homeschooling Mother ~ Nourishing the Body
One side effect of homeschooling is that I find myself struggling with good nutrition as I either go a long time between meals or snacks OR I find myself eating snacks alongside the boys that are not the best option for me. Over time, I’ve learned to just say no to those junk food options they enjoy on occasion (e.g. a donut) or to ask my youngest to share one bite with me so I can have a little taste.
What I’ve found to be quite helpful is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Hydration is crucial to my physical well being and I’ve seen the impact it has on how my body feels as well as what my weight is doing. During the winter, I will drink more of my liquids in the form of coffee or tea. I just make sure that some of those hot beverages are decaffeinated so that I’m not flooding my system with tons of caffeine.
The other tip I embraced is to have healthy snacks at the ready. I love to munch on crunchy, raw vegetables but do not want to take time every day to prep them. Peeling or washing carrots and cucumbers to then slice and store helps me have something ready to grab and eat when hunger does catch up with me. Cutting up apples or oranges for a sweeter snack is something best done on the spot, but thankfully takes little time.
Refreshment for the Homeschooling Mother ~ Nourishing the Mind and Spirit
Some cultures have a built in siesta time each afternoon as they recognize that is exactly when our energy levels start to dip and productivity can go down. Just because a homeschooling mother is at home doesn’t mean that she won’t succumb to this effect. So, what is a homeschooling mother to do?
I highly recommend setting aside time in the afternoon for a short respite. If the kids are wound up and don’t want to have quiet time, then this is a great opportunity for them to get fresh air outside. I am blessed to have a fenced in back yard that allows me to ‘boot’ the boys outside so I can have my own 15 to 20 minute unwind time.
During my unwind time, I might read a book, listen to music, or elect to read from a few favorite blogs or see what’s new on social media. I just make sure that if the computer is involved that I have a clock or timer near by as it is all too easy to be sucked into the virtual world and lose track of time. What I try to avoid is attacking the pile of grading as that can lead to an increase in my own frustration if the boys are not working at the pace I expect from them.
Refreshment for the Homeschooling Mother ~ An Afternoon Tea Party for One (or More)
While I will often enjoy a cup of tea during an afternoon respite, there are times when I need more of a boost to my mood. An afternoon tea party for myself can do just that with a special set of dishes, flavorful Bigelow tea, and a small snack to enjoy. Even better are the times when a homeschooling friend can join me for some decompressing conversation while the kids are playing in another room or outside.
Just this past week, I felt the need for one of those tea parties. I love to have several different varieties of tea on hand and visited my local Walmart to restock on my favorite Constant Comment by Bigelow Tea. While I was there, a few other varieties caught my eye and just called to be added to my growing tea collection. I love how Bigelow Tea uses a foil pouch for each tea bag for freshness which help maintain the quality of the tea. And, I love knowing that I am supporting a family owned company here in America with my purchase.
As the school year is winding down, my homeschooling friends are frantically trying to wrap up the year and couldn’t join me for a much needed break. So, I took a little time to finish carving out our new reading nook in the master bedroom and then set the table for my tea party for one.
Have you ever noticed how calming a clean space can be?
As I recently found a few titles at our local library from a favorite author which I have not read, I elected to spend my short break reading. By the time I was done enjoying my tea and snacks, I was ready to tackle the job of dinner preparation for my hungry brood.
How do YOU enjoy a cup of tea?
Do you have a favorite blend of tea?
What are some ways that you “recharge your batteries”?
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