When I think of balance I think of everything being even.
The dictionary defines balance as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. It also states that to balance is to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
What keeps me balanced? I know that my days are busy and I feel like I am constantly jumping from one thing to another. With 5 kids, homeschooling, and a husband who has his own business there really isn’t a lot of down time. What I have found that works for our family is an ebb and flow.
Some things are more important to us on certain days or certain periods in our life. For example, during the school year I am much more occupied with school tasks. I will take a few days off of being teacher to spend some time sewing with my mother-in-law. This is such a refreshment for me. The kids will still do the school they can do by themselves but those few days are a great break for all of us!
The best thing to help me keep balanced for me is to focus on God. When I get stressed about things it is usually because I am trying to get it all done in my own timing and own strength. Or maybe just trying to do what I think is important….only to find out that it really shouldn’t have been. Taking time out to focus on God and what He is wanting me to accomplish is a great way to “rebalance” myself!
I was looking back at a radio spot I had written a few months back and thought that it was very pertinent to today’s post:
As a homeschooling mom itʼs easy to forget about yourself.
Think about your average day: You take care of the house, teach your kids, taxi them to activities, and if youʼre lucky, you get home in time to put a meal on the table.
Whew! Thereʼs hardly enough time to have a thought to yourself!
Itʼs hard to be a good mom, wife, and teacher when you are burnt out. And burnout happens to the best of us!
Even 5 or 10 minutes can make a difference. Sit down and drink a cup of tea or coffee or maybe call a friend to chat.
Another burnout buster is to get up early & spend a few minutes reading the Bible and asking God to help you with your day!
These few moments will do wonders in helping you refocus. Taking time out for yourself will help you be a better mom and teacher to your kids.
This post is written for and linked up to Hearts at Home Bloggers who write every 3rd Thursday of the month, joining Jill Savage and many others. Please join us and add your link below and spend time reading those blogs that linked up with us!