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A Plan to Deal With My Worst Days

Sick kids. Sick mama. We all have bad days, but do we ever plan to have a bad day? One of my assignments during the Homeschool Rescue course that I took recently was to make a plan to deal with my worst days.

We have a list of things we do when we are under the weather, but most of our effort goes towards healing and comfort. I don't mind when the children are sick. I can love on them, take care of them, and read to them, but when I am down, it's harder.

So, I wrote down a list of things that I do when I'm not feeling well emotionally or physically, or if I'm just plain overwhelmed and burnt out. It was nice to have them down on paper and actually give myself permission to follow this plan.

I can have the kids:
  • work on their independent work 
  • read books for pleasure
  • listen to an audio book
  • play chess
  • go to the library
  • work on a handicraft
  • do chores
  • play a game
  • play with toys
  • watch a movie 

I can talk to:
  • my husband. I know he's in my corner cheering me on and 100% supportive of my homeschooling endeavors.

I can unwind by:
  • taking a salt bath
  • having my quiet time
  • being alone 
  • diffusing oils
  • having a cup of tea 

I will allow myself to:
  • do school from bed 
  • take the day off from school 
  • extend grace to myself
  • take some time to be alone
  • put myself in time out if I am really struggling
  • take a walk in the sunshine, smell the flowers, and keep a positive attitude. 

We all have bad days, so how do you deal with your worst days? Do you have a plan?


  1. I don't have a plan written down, but do many of these things. However you are helping to ease the false guilt that comes with doing these things. Im always self-talking, reminding myself i need the grace, its ok, this isnt forever, etc etc. so i love this idea! Thank you as always for sharing such great ideas with us!

  2. Great idea. I don't have many sick days, but it's a good idea to have a plan for when I am sick. I could let my 14 year old daughter be the "substitute" for the day!

  3. Yes, I keep telling myself that this too shall pass, and it always does. It's easy to feel down when we are down, but think of it as a time of rest - a forced rest.

    Megan, I love that! Having your daughter be a "substitute" is perfect!