Going back to school is stressful for everyone involved. Moms rushing around trying to make sure clothes are in order, supplies have been purchased and all the other perfunctory requirements have been met with teachers and counselors. Kids are stressed because…well…summer is over and they’re going back to school! Duh!!
This is a time when the rhythm of the summer is suddenly interrupted and everyone has to put on a new pair of dancin’ shoes and get ready for a more demanding time of year. All this activity can throw us off our game and can easily mean less focus on our own health, fitness and stress.
At this time of year the family calendar can fill up with all kinds of activities from football games to cheerleading practice and PTA meetings. Before you know it, your calendar is full and you haven’t surrendered any time for yourself. While you still have some control over your own destiny, make sure you leave space in each day for you and what’s most important in your life – healthy eating, moving your body and some time to keep your stress level in check.
Being proactive in this regard can mean a much smoother transition into the new year and a happy, healthier you.