Just recently, I was asked by a friend, a mother of three kids, to assist her in completing the modules of her kids. She was tired, frustrated, and if you ask me, she has already been drained of whatever power she may have, and yet she chooses to help her children finish their learning modules.
I know her kids and they so chores at home. They know how to cook, they help in cleaning the house, they wash the dishes, they wash the clothes of the family. In short, they are not slackers.
It’s just that over 50 modules to compete every week is certainly brain draining. Imagine yourself having to read through all the lessons on one day, given that they have a schedule in place, then you still need to attend to house chores and other important activities at home, even I would be under a lot of stress.
This is especially true when the children were not really accustomed to this form of learning. They were forced to adapt to a strenous nature of homeschooling and we’re expected to cope up with the timeline that the teachers have in place in relation to the curriculum that they are required to complete each year with their students.
This basically means that the teachers are working day and night to complete modules for their students to answer every week.
The chain of frustration in this pandemic homeschooling schedule does not stop there.
It includes parents who try to make ends meet with whatever livelihood they still have left while trying to cope with the pressures of completing modules just to make sure that their children are not left behind.
Given the condition that everyone is expected to adapt to, it is essential to consider simple strategies to breathe and take short breaks that will give you the chance to refresh whatever power is drained every hour.
Why Take a Break
Break is a critical factor of survival.
According to Psychology Today, taking breaks help the brain work at it’s optimal condition. Break is defined in the website as a brief cessation of work.
So how does taking a break help?
The prefrontal cortex or PFC is the primary part of the brain that processes distinct thoughts whenever we accomplish tasks and as we make decisions.
Other functions of the PFC include logical deductions, handling willpower and how it should overpower the force of impulses. Imagine all those tasks that the prefrontal cortex does within minutes, even in milliseconds?
This is the reason why it is always more taxing to do an office job for eight hours compared to doing labor work for five hours. The brain’s multitasking capacity is often overworked in handling these particular jobs. The same thing happens when parents as well children have to deal with a bulk of written work while still thinking of the basic shores they need to accomplish each day.
Convinced that you need to take a break?
How to Take a Break
No, you don’t need to go far to find a way to relax.
Maybe there’s a small space garden you could look at from your window? Or maybe a natural scenario from right outside your door. Of not, perhaps you have that small plant you tend to at home, or a pet you can cuddle for a few minutes.
The best source of relaxation is nature.
Looking at your gadget checking with social media or even browsing through the internet is more draining to the brain. Using this option to relax will only do you more harm and will negate the value of relaxation.
It is also confirmed that engaging in simple physical movements every 20 minutes is vital to keeping the miscles and bones strength even when engaging with activities that require long hours of sitting down.
In all these, make sure that you also tell your children to take breaks
Clearing your mind off from the burden that is carrying can help you think clearer and work faster once you have taken a good break.
Hope this helps 🙂