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Depression can hit at any time. There is no real reason why. Sometimes depression can be brought on by an event, loss, change of weather or even some sort of medical reason. The truth is that depression is a real problem. Depression doesn’t ease itself because you are a mother with things to do. This includes homeschooling.
Homeschooling Through Depression
When depression hits the last thing that we need to do is slap ourselves with guilt because you aren’t feeling like yourself. Here are some tips for homeschooling through depression.
- Know that it is OK to take things slower: During times of depression, you may need to take things a bit slower. You may discover that you can only complete core subjects before you are just too wiped out to continue. That is OK. Homeschooling can be done at your own pace. You aren’t going to get behind because in homeschooling one doesn’t get behind despite the fact that they feel that they are.
- Spend some time doing school outside as the weather permits: Being outside may not be a cure-all but the fresh air and change of scenery may just be a slight pick-me-up. Not to mention most children love to take their studies outdoors.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Depression is serious and is not something that one can just work through alone. Homeschooling is already overwhelming at times. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If there is no one to help then, by all means, full out the videos that you have been saving for sick days.
- Focus on one day at a time: Don’t worry about what is on the lesson plan for next week, next month or even tomorrow. Focus on just getting through the day.
- If at all possible take a break: I know this is the last thing you want to hear since you are struggling to feel normal, however, a break may be just what you need. At least a short break.
- Make sure to take time for you: Depression can be so draining. Make sure to take time for yourself, seek medical help if needed and try to recharge.
Depression is never a thing we plan on having. However, there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. One just has to hold on.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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