11 Ways to Say Goodbye to Summer Vacation and Hello to Your Fall Schedule
It’s hard to believe, but summer vacation is officially over. Where did the time go? Hopefully, you had lots of fun this summer! Whether you went on a big trip, camped, went to the beach, did some hiking, did several day trips, or just enjoyed time at home, we hope you got some well-deserved time off to do the things you enjoy.
Now that the kids are back to school, your schedule will likely undergo some changes. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to maintain balance for yourself and your family so you can enjoy the final days of summer with a minimum of stress.
Here are 11 ideas to help you let go of summer vacation and ease back into the school routine:
- Establish a bed time for yourself and your kids, and stick to it. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order to feel rested; kids need more. Going to bed around the same time each night will allow your body to maintain a normal sleep-awake schedule, and you will find it easier to get up each morning when the alarm goes off.
- Prepare the night before. Get lunches ready, clothes picked out, and have all the things you and your kids will need the following day packed and ready to go.
- Plan your weekly meals on the weekend, and take some time on Sunday to prep as much as you can in order to save time during the week. Cut up veggies for salads, snacks, and lunches, and store in airtight containers.
- Cut up lean meats, marinade some for early in the week, and freeze dinner-sized portions for later in the week.
- Make a double (or triple!) batch of your favorite recipe for Sunday dinner. Use leftovers for lunches, or freeze the rest for a busy night when you don’t have much time to cook.
- Say no to extra commitments or social events for the first couple of weeks in September. Back to school time is often draining and the extra time at home will help you feel more centered.
- Try to find time each day to work in some exercise. Walking, swimming, and yoga are all low key activities to help you feel better and relax. Exercise will also help you fight fatigue, and your brain will release hormones that will lift your mood.
- Make sure to set aside time for yourself. Read, meditate, take a hot Epsom salt bath, or just zone out and do nothing to give yourself time to relax and regroup. Parenthood places all kinds of demands on you, and it is so important to take time just for yourself.
- Limit or eliminate caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Many folks turn to these for a quick pick-me-up, but all of them will leave you feel even more tired and out of sorts.
- Eat well! Make sure your diet consists primarily of lean protein, fresh veggies, and fruit. Making healthy choices for yourself increases energy, keeps you feeling satisfied, enhances mood, and promotes a healthy sense of wellbeing.
- Drink lots of water. Even though the days may not be as hot now, it is still important to stay well hydrated. Shoot for half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.
It has been a great summer at Simple Health, and we hope you have enjoyed it as well. With the nights getting cooler and the sun setting earlier, it certainly feels like fall is on its way. As we gear up for fall, we have lots of interesting and fun ideas to share with you. But first, we’d like to know how we can help you reach your health goals. If there is anything you’d like to read about or learn, please let us know. We want to be sure we are doing all we can for you, because you deserve it!
In September, we will continue with the idea of managing your schedule and your life with ideas on how to simplify at home.