Go for a walk!
Getting outside for a walk is extremely helpful as far as self-care goes. It lowers your stress levels, gets you some fresh air, and helps your overall health in a ridiculous amount of ways!
If you can get out alone, great! If not, bring the kids in a stroller, or walk circles around the playground while your older children play. It’s pretty easy to keep an eye on them this way and it’s completely free. There aren’t many good reasons not to try to make this a part of your day.
This podcast on all the benefits of simply taking a walk will blow your mind!
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Speaking of exercise…
Exercise is actually at the top of my self-care list, but I didn’t want to start out this series with it because I know, so often, us tired mamas don’t even want to think of breaking a sweat, adding another thing to do, or figuring out where to fit fitness into our schedule when we still have dishes in the sink. Right?!
I live with Fibromyalgia and have for almost 10 years, so I get it. I’ve been there. Before I was diagnosed, it was a race to the bottom and I could barely drag myself out of bed. I went from being a bright and vibrant mechanic to a tired mom that could barely muster the energy to eat. When the doctor told me Fibromyalgia was the culprit causing me to be a zombie, and that exercise was my best bet, I’m pretty certain the look on my face would have floored her in mere fractions of a second if looks could kill. She reassured me that starting small and slow, it was possible.
Fortunately/unfortunately? She was so right. I took baby steps and was eventually back to running up to 10 miles at a time. I truly felt some kind of amazing. When I let my exercise slide, I feel it within days. Sometimes the thought of fitting it in while also homeschooling with chronic pain isn’t too encouraging. I know though, that I really can’t afford to neglect it. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, try these things to keep on track with homeschool during the hard days.
How I manage it
I love the Homeschool Mom Fitness program because it’s made for busy homeschool moms, and is so easy to fit in. However, you might also find some free workout video winners right here from Fitness Blender on YouTube.
I used to use some of those workouts before switching to HMF and liked them a lot. In the end, I switched because I like having the spelled out plan, access to the trainer, modifications (for my injured knees), and FB group. The YouTube videos may be just perfect for you though!
Where’s your favorite place to take a walk?
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