I find it curious that one of the homeschool convention seminars I will be attending in a few weeks is about self-nurturing practices.
Took me a few years to hone this necessary practice, but I’m mostly there now. Realizing that I’m not an endless supply of energy, organization and happiness, that I need nurturing too, was a useful marker on my road to homeschool happiness.
So what do I do to fuel me?
Drink coffee. I’m sorry that is so cliché. But I’m one of those early morning comatose mothers. I write this coherently at 10:39 am — after a night of tending to my own illness, and aware that my four are hacking in their bedrooms with low grade fevers — I am now finally awake. It only takes one good cup of coffee a day, maybe two, but coffee is required for me.
Sit in front of a UV light. Where I live in the mountains, cloud cover is a persistent friend of the winter season. We may have year round phenomenal views, but some days we also have cloud cover so thick I can’t determine the types of trees in my forest front yard. This gets to one’s head. Sitting in front of a UV Day Light for fifteen minutes, an oral dose of Vitamin D and Vitamin B complex assist my brain in finding happy through every season.
Oh, and also getting outside. Seems counterintuitive to go outside when one sees that kind of cloud cover, but I’d been told to do that from every native mountain neighbour since we moved here. After I practiced it daily for a while, I understood. Commune with the world around you. Somehow it works. Find reasons to be outside: cross country skiing and hiking do the trick for me in the thick of that overcast.
Go to the art gallery or art museum. Okay, so I don’t have the Louvre or the Met available to me every weekend, but I do have art books from those places. Discovering the soothing effect of staring at a beautiful piece of art in those actual places energizes me: my unschooled fine arts degree. Every morning, I research a piece of art. My ‘school’ before the kids’ ‘school’. Love.
Study composers, while I build my Spotify list. Similar to the art books, I have a compendium of musical composers with historical tidbits and pieces that they performed. Love this stuff. Guess who missed out on their fine arts degree? Feeds my soul: good music.
Did I tell you I meditate with a colouring book? I wouldn’t even believe I’d ever have written that sentence a few years ago. This practice only takes a few minutes. In the end, I’ve focused my mind on thinking the right thoughts, and produced a pretty page. (My version of Monet). Alternatively, I’ve also turned on my meditation oasis podcast and sat quietly as Mary Mattox leads me to quieting my mind.
These are some of my self-nurturing practices? What is on your list?