Back to School Wellness: September/October 2022
Updated: Aug 21
🍎Back To School Wellness: September/ October 2022 🖍
The start of a new school year can be an exciting time, but it’s also often filled with stress and pressure. To help you get the most out of you and your child’s education this fall without compromising on health or well-being, we've compiled some tips for how parents like yourself could make their children's first days back at school as easy going as possible!
Set a schedule: Setting a schedule helps reduce your anxiety as you already know what your days will look like. It will set you up for success. If there are different types of work throughout the week, plan accordingly! Don’t forget about vital rest time either because it's just as necessary even if we think otherwise sometimes due to lack thereof during the week.
Get up earlier: Easier said than done, but give yourself an extra 30 minutes to pray, exercise, or simply sit in peace. We all know the feeling of hitting snooze on your alarm clock when you’re supposed to get up early, but what if I told you there was a way not to hit that button?
Place your phone or any other device across from where you sleep, so it takes more effort than just reaching over with one hand. This trick will give you 30 extra minutes in the mornings, which can help prepare us physically and mentally before starting our days!
Make time for exercise: Working out is a great way to release stress and energize. You can join the fitness center or take virtual group classes for an accountability partner, which will help you stay on track with your workout routine! Even a quick 10-minute exercise will help reduce stress and energize you, not just when you are done being productive but also because it helps normalize sleeping patterns too.
Meal Prep: Life will be busy. Having meals prepped will help you eat healthily and reduce your stress. Cooking and eating a healthy meal can be daunting amid busy schedules. But it doesn't have to feel overwhelming!
Set aside some time each week for cooking, especially if you're looking forward to this upcoming Monday or Friday with excitement because they finally arrive!! One way to make your life easier during these hectic days (and get more servings) is by using one-sheet pans - which means less dishes but still plenty of food served on repeat throughout different meals throughout your house.
Soak up the Sun: A little bit of sun can drastically improve your wellness. The sun is a powerful force that can have incredible benefits on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. When you spend time outdoors everyday for 30 minutes during those many days of sunshine the sun offers it will boost vitamin D levels which lower stress, as well strengthen bones and muscles while building up immunity!
And don't forget about applying sunscreen; without protection from harmful UV rays these perks wouldn’t be possible. A little bit (or lot) goes a long way when using any kind of product like moisturizer/face cream.
JUST BREATHE: When life gets stressful, take 5 mins to read, pray, or take a bath even. The pandemic has been difficult for many of us, but it’s important to remember that we are strong. Give yourself time out from schoolwork and work on your mindfulness skills!
Try taking a bath or reading something fun--you deserve this break after all the hard stuff you've had to do in order to make sure everyone else stays healthy while they're gone at their job sites.
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Drs. Kat (article editor) and Kristi James (article author).
Dr. Love’s Integrative Nutritionist & Lifestyle Medicine Consultants