By Ashley McGuirk
It’s already that time of year again! Yes, I’m talking about back to school week. This is the time of year we all (typically) dread whether you’re a student nervous to meet your fellow classmates, a parent dying to get a break, or you could also be that one parent who doesn’t want the summer fun with their kids to end. Either way, whenever school is back in session we’re all affected in one way or another.
Despite the crazy morning traffic and packed lunches there’s one thing we all have in common and that is, we’re all in this together. To help us all ease into this time of year when the sun begins to rise a little later, the traffic doubles and the weather cools off, I have highlighted some fun and healthy tips to make the back to school week a time of ease instead of angst.
- Connect with friends
This was always one of my favorite parts of going back to school. I loved it so much because reconnecting with old friends is refreshing! After staying busy all summer with camps and vacation I loved catching up with my friends I hadn’t seen since June. I also want to point out this rule not only applies to students, but also to parents. If you’re a parent, take the time to reconnect with an old friend. Whether you haven’t seen them since the spring or since last summer- it’s always a great way to reconnect and share your energy. You never know what connections may bring.
- Ease into routines
It’s common for all of us to rush into creating a new routine, or even worse leaving an old routine behind. (YIKES!) With back to school week in swing, remember that it is okay to take the time to sit down and coordinate your schedule and priorities. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect by the first day of school. That’s typically why the first week of classes is always the easiest. Teachers, parents and students typically understand the chaos of starting a new year. So be patient with yourself and with others. We’re all family here on this planet. Make sure to give yourself some grace when learning what routine will work best for you as a student, teacher, parent or all of the above. It takes time for change to take place. Take a deep breath and embrace the change of routine with open arms!
- Stretch + Breathe
You knew this one was coming, right? Stretch + Breathe. This is such an important part of creating a balanced back to school week. I know it may seem impossible to incorporate these practices into one of the most chaotic weeks of the year, but in all seriousness, you only need 5-10 minutes tops! I find you can incorporate these practices before heading to the bus stop, doing them in the morning before or after breakfast, trying them as soon as you get home from a long day, or practicing them right before going to bed to ease your mind + body. If making the time to stretch + breathe is a challenge for you then ask your kids, partner or a friend to do them with you. That a way you can both become each other’s accountability partners. If all of these options still seem challenging then attempt to make it to a weekly yoga class. That way you won’t have to think too much while the instructor cues you to breathe and stretch. Speaking of yoga classes check out our updated schedule for this fall!
- Get a goodnight’s sleep
If there is one thing I have learned this past year (especially while pregnant), it’s to never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. When you prioritize getting to bed at a decent hour and sleeping for at least 7-8 hours your body is fully recharged and ready to take on the next day. Energy levels will feel balanced and ready to take on whatever challenges your day may present. There are studies that indicate an increase in positive mood and motivation when getting 7-8 hours of sleep. However, if you get anything less than 7 hours your body is going to react in ways you can’t control. You’ll likely feel sluggish, irritable, unsteady and your motivation will be little to none. So, to wrap this one up, make sure you and your loved ones’ sleep! If you happen to have an off night and only get 6 hours try and take a nap later in the day to help balance the hour you lost the night before. Your mind, body and loved ones will thank you.
I hope you found these tips helpful for your back to school week. Try one or try them all and see how they make you feel. Remember, at the end of the day perception is everything. Choose to see each of these tips as a tool to fuel your life with love and light- not as daily tasks to check off your list. Oh, and if you happen to have some extra time, do yourself a favor and take a yoga class. Try a new one or attend the same one you use to attend every Saturday morning. Whatever you do, realize that practicing yoga is both on and off the mat. Choose to practice yoga through each of these health tips during your back to school week. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at Ashley@staysweetwellnss.com If you decided to stick with me and read this entire post, then THANK YOU! I truly appreciate your time. Namaste.
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