Coming out of summer break has never been easy. This year, as you prepare for back to school, consider a few things to help with the adjustments that come with it.
First, establish a routine. It’s normal for people to develop some bad habits over the summer break. Giving yourself (or your kids) a routine will help them get back in good habits. This is something you usually want to start a few weeks before school, but if you haven’t already established your routine, start now! It’s better late than never.
Second, plan out meals and snacks. Having three meals a day is very important to most diets. Breakfast will help you start the day, and even help you wake up quicker. Lunch is a good way to give you a break in the middle of the day and can help you refocus. If you eat lunch earlier in the day, planning out an afternoon snack is a good thing. Make sure to keep healthy snacks in the house that aren’t too big or filling to keep your appetite for dinner! Dinner is important but don’t eat too late, or it will be harder to go to bed earlier.
Third, re-energize with naps. Occasionally naps will be needed to help you refocus and re-energize. There is such a thing as napping for too long. There are studies showing the benefits to power naps.
Whether your kids are starting grade school or you’re beginning a new year of college, having routines and schedules can help minimize the amount of stress associated with the start of a new school year. Plan accordingly so you can be ready for whatever the days have in store!