Towards the end of summer, moms begin to think about the upcoming school year. While the summer may have meant lazy days without schedules or routines, the school year brings about something else entirely. How can you ensure a seamless year—for you? Here are my 10 tips for school year success…for moms!
Tip 1: Get Organized
Clutter and disarray create stress. Start by taking on one area at a time with the intention of doing one of 4 things with all of the clutter that you see: fix, put away, give away or throw away. Then, follow through. Also, find a way to stay organized by creating a simple system that works for you and your family. Calendars, labels, containers, apps and other tools are all great to help keep you organized if they meet the needs of you and your family.
Tip 2: Plan Meals and Snacks
You know that saying: “If you fail to plan then plan to fail!” That’s so true when it comes to meal planning. Decide to keep things simple by choosing healthy yet simple meals to prepare. Also, make meals ahead when you can, keep healthy snack options on hand as well as in the car, your bag and your desk so you’re feeding and fueling your family and yourself with options you choose versus whatever’s available when hunger strikes.
Tip 3: Stay Hydrated
One of the main causes of fatigue that is totally fixable is dehydration. Always have pure, filtered water or your favorite beverage on hand. Mine is Vita Coco coconut water and I am loving the new Orange flavor they just sent me —a blend of all-natural coconut water and orange juice, jam-packed with key electrolytes and only 60 calories per serving.
Tip 4: Exercise
Prioritize your workouts so you get them done by scheduling them in just as you would any other appointment. Taking care of yourself helps you to better take care of everyone else within your care and reach. Find a program you like, that’s centered around your specific needs, goals, preferences and lifestyle and make it a regular part of your routine.
Tip 5: Sleep
Create a sleep routine and sleep environment that’s clean, serene and comfortable. Getting adequate, restorative sleep is a key to weight loss while helping you stay clear, alert, focused and more patient.