That harried, nagging busy-ness that plagues modern life can be especially hard on homeschool parents. Here’s how to chill out, slow down, and stop feeling so scattered.
It’s easy to equate being busy with having a full life, but if you’re feeling frazzled, it may be time to cut back. Here’s how:
Savor the moment. Shut off your to-do list and force yourself to concentrate on what you’re doing in a particular moment. So what if you don’t finish that math worksheet today or you miss one park day?
Shake it off. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to turn down your anxiety level and re-center yourself. Even a five-minute family dance party will take the edge off your anxiety.
Let go of FOMO. Fear of missing out, a.k.a. FOMO, can make you feel like you need to say “yes” to every homeschool day, open studio, and park get-together in a 20-mile radius, but you don’t have to do every possible activity to have a great homeschool experience. Focus on finding activities that you really love, and say “no” to the rest.
Make something from scratch. Whether it’s baking a cake or sewing a skirt, a process-oriented project that engages your head and your hands forces you to concentrate on what you’re doing.
3 Surprising Things That Can Make You Feel Like Your Brain Is Fried
(And How to Deal with Them)
All those sounds—phone beeps, televisions in the next room, airplanes overhead—can add up to create a low but constant level of tension. Fight back by seeking silence for at least 10 minutes a day.
Ugh, you can’t stop thinking about— or talking about—what that rude mom at the park said last week. You think talking about that negative experience is getting it off your chest, but often, you’re just dwelling on your frustration. To snap out of it, focus the conversation on what’s happening with other people instead of repeating your own story.
NOT-BROKE MONEY ANXIETY
You’re not having trouble paying your bills, but you’re always a little worried about money—which adds an edge of anxiety to your everyday life. Combat this persistent stress by setting up a savings plan to give you a protective cushion in case of emergency.