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Quick Tips for a Seamless Transition into the School Year

Posted on 2016-09-09

It’s time for the kids to go back to school. While this can be a little sad, it also means a little more time for you! But first, you have to get the kiddos back into a routine, so your family schedule can go smoothly. With an effective routine, you can help your family be healthier and focus on your own health and well-being during your well-deserved personal time. Here are some tips to help you take full advantage of back-to-school time:

Skip Those Chaotic Mornings

Make your mornings run smoothly with a few changes to your routine. Encourage your kids to choose their school clothes the night before to cut down on problems and delays in the morning. If bathroom time causes fights and delays, try to get one or more of your kids to shower the night before. As for you, make a printable checklist in advance so you know exactly what needs to get done in the morning. To keep everyone on time, set your clocks forward 10 minutes. When everyone thinks they’re running late, they’ll actually be on time! Also, make sure everyone — including you! — has an alarm system that works for each person.

Fit in Some Fitness

Now that summer activities are over and your normal life is back on track, it’s important to focus on exercise. It will help you stay fit and healthy when you’re moving less than you were during the warm summer months. Plus, working out will boost your mental well-being and help you handle the stress of the school year better. Now, the trick is fitting fitness into your hectic schedule. It helps to find workouts you truly enjoy — whether it’s dancing, walking and/or something else — so you want to include exercise in your day. Also, try boosting the intensity of your exercise, so you can have a fast and efficient workout. Think about investing in home gym equipment, so you can get in a variety of effective exercises quickly.

Don’t Forget Your Noggin!

While your body’s health matters a great deal, it’s also important to focus on your mental fitness. While your kids are back to school and soaking up plenty of knowledge, spend some time on your own mind. Take advantage of some newfound free time to learn something new. You could also practice a hobby and read that book that’s been sitting on your shelf since Christmas. Set goals to challenge yourself. And while you’re focusing on your education and mental stimulation, be sure to fully support your brain’s health by taking care of your emotional and mental health. Plus, a structured fitness routine will promote your brain’s health too!

Catch Enough Zzzs

Sleep is essential to a good school year! Sleep helps your family’s bodies function at their best and supports everyone’s mental health and concentration. You’ll look and feel better overall with a good night’s sleep! Establish a healthy sleep routine for your kids and make sure to keep them on schedule. Don’t forget to have your own sleep routine because you need your beauty and health rest too!

Nosh the Right Way

Eating’s not just about meals. You also need to focus on snacks. Now that the kids are back to school, give them — and yourself! — healthy snacks to keep everyone’s minds and bodies properly fueled throughout the day. As much as possible, try to avoid those processed snacks that just give empty calories and lead to sugar highs and lows. Instead, serve protein-rich snacks, whole grains and vegetables to keep everyone on track.