In a recent conversation with a friend, she asked how my kids were doing with distance learning and the switch to doing school from home full-time. I told her they are doing great. The transition has been very smooth. They are staying on top of their schoolwork like champs.
I, on the other hand, feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath me. Before, I was in a nice groove of balancing my roles as wife and mom and staying on schedule with my at-home job. Now I joke that it feels like I’m back in the toddler phase of parenting, trying to keep up with all the demands of my children’s day. Suddenly, I’ve been assigned several new roles, such as cafeteria lady, principal, janitor, and, of course, teacher.
I miss my quiet mornings after I got everybody going and out the door to start their day. I miss being able to do a quick clean up in the morning and having the house stay in order throughout the day. I miss being able to work productively and uninterrupted while the kids were at school and being refreshed by the time that I picked them up. I’m not going to lie; the recent transitions I’ve had to make have been tough on me.
I’m thankful for the gentle reminder in Scripture that “…His mercies are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:23) It’s comforting to know that when I’ve had a rough day with the kids, I can go to bed knowing that tomorrow is a brand new day. I want to give my family my best, especially during the difficult times, and set the example for how we can pause and hit the reset button, so that frustration or discouragement don’t take over. When I notice that I’m getting frustrated easily or that my fuse seems to be running short, I know I need to take a step back and recharge.
Here are five ways moms can recharge that don’t cost any money:
- Take a Bath – there is nothing like a good soak to help you feel refreshed. Throw in some lavender-scented Epsom salts for a simple at-home spa treatment.
- Go for a Walk – whenever I need to clear my head or process through my thoughts, nothing helps me more than going for a 20-minute walk. While solitude is preferable, it may not be doable if you’re the only adult in the house. Have the kids grab their bikes or scooters, or take the stroller, and get outside.
- Read a Book – it’s nice to take your mind off of your current situation and take a brain break. Whether you like reading fiction, self- help, or inspiration, allowing yourself to do something for you is a great way to recharge.
- Enjoy a Cup of Coffee – …or tea, or hot chocolate! Whatever your hot beverage of choice might be, set some time aside to sit and relax with your favorite drink. If you feel guilty sitting down, set a 30-minute timer and give yourself permission to simply rest. The laundry and dishes can wait. Once the timer goes off you can jump back into life feeling a little more rested and refreshed.
- Get Creative – in a season that feels like life revolves around everyone else, do something just for you! Get creative with your hands and do something constructive, whether it’s picking up a paintbrush for the first time, getting your hands dirty with some plants outside, or trying a new recipe. Now is the time while we aren’t bogged down with busy schedules to allow ourselves some time to be creative and enjoy the refreshment that it brings when we do something hands-on.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31:25