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Mental Fatigue for your homeschooler

Beating Mental Fatigue in your homeschool

Have you heard of mental fatigue before?  It’s a real thing.  Mark Zuckerberg supposedly only wears one type of outfit to avoid such a thing.  While that may sound bizarre and cause you to doubt its legitimacy, it’s not a joke.
So now you are homeschooling, but your kid is having a rough time sitting and focusing on his work?  Enter the tears, pleading, and fits.  Last year we faced this big time…  For a child with ADHD or Autism, mental fatigue is very very real.

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Homeschool Routines, Rules, and Planner

Have you got homeschool routines going?

Having homeschool routines makes life a lot easier for everyone.  Thing is, it gets tricky when you’re adding so much that everyone is overwhelmed.  When you do it this way, you can’t have everything predictably scheduled.  I’ve mentioned before that’s one of the reasons I like meal planning, and homeschool routines are no different.

I’m a Dave Ramsey girl, and he’s actually the reason I got into this blog.  Or at least he was the one that gave me the courage to follow through.  His name is still a bit of a curse word in our house, but I sure do love him and all his little sayings.

One of my favorites is, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”  Now I can’t recall whether that was his own saying or a borrowed one, but either way, it’s perfect for homeschooling (even more so when dealing with special needs)!

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Coloring and the like for easy self-care

Coloring is fun for adults too

So is painting!  If you feel like, “I can’t draw worth a darn, and it’s only going to stress me out more,” then consider an adult coloring book or grab some on Pinterest.  There’s also the option of taking classes online.  There are tons of platforms with online art lessons or even YouTube.

In 2017, I purchased the Made with Love ultimate bundle and was HOOKED with the Craftsy class I received through it.  I hadn’t heard of it before then.  We chose an illustration class and ended up using it for our homeschool art lessons.  It was really relaxing and fun to kick back and learn the basics of illustration for picture books.

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See a movie alone – easy self-care for Moms

Yes… completely by yourself

Don’t feel weird going to a movie alone!  I went, alone, for the first time when I was 19 or 20.  Life or Something Like it was new and I was dying to see it.  Absolutely no one I knew wanted to see it with me.  I finally went, really late at night on a weeknight. 😂

I laugh now and wonder why I thought it was such a big deal.  Although, I talk to plenty of people who feel like it would be weird still.  I promise you that no one cares if you’re alone.  I never seem to pay attention to whether people are alone.  Seriously, who polices that?  It sounds silly, right!?  I doubt you think much of it when you see people alone in theaters.  We’ve just turned it into such a social activity, which is odd because you aren’t supposed to talk to each other the whole time!

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Listen to audiobooks – 15 days of practical self care

Yes, listen to audiobooks…

if you don’t already, audiobooks are a great way to bask in some wisdom or inspiration.  You can learn about something that’s just for you. You don’t have to be peacefully seated, uninterrupted, or struggling to stay awake as you read in bed!

Perhaps you just need an escape from reality a bit?  A good mystery or sweet love story (any other Notebook fans with me?) can be just what you need to take your mind off of endless anxiety loops.

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