It has arrived. It is upon us. The dreaded routine of the back-to-school year. I don’t know about you, but I have been in the denial phase of this time of year for months. Nope, not doing it. Not ready, no. Just. No. Ok, fine. There are some things in life we just have to do; this, apparently, is pretty important. Now for the great news; there are some tips out there that can help snap you back into reality, back to life, back to reality (sorry I had a Soul II Soul moment), because guess what? You GOTTA DO IT! Grab your coffee, shaker cup or whatever you need to keep you focused and read on!
When in doubt, write it out: Writing things down is therapeutic. It can be referred to as the emptying process. Write on whatever you like; post-its, index cards, napkins, it doesn’t matter. If you are a “list” person you are nodding your head right now. Keeping track of what you need to do and/or what needs to be done is a great tool. Warning: too many lists may cause overload. Lists everywhere will just get thrown out, or “what’s this random napkin, trash!” Umm, maybe that was a list, oops! Let’s move on.
P(2) plan and prep: To plan is to be prepared. Ah, this takes me back to college and studying for an exam…the night before. I’m kidding (no comments from my college friends). I often say to the hubs what’s the P.O.D. (the plan of the day) this helps organize the day, our thoughts and what exactly we are doing. Particularly with multiple family members, this tool can be quite handy; even if there is no plan! Prepping is also key; I do a lot of prep work after hours when there aren’t a million, ten zillion questions fired at me (I want this or I have to that, come on!) so I can actually get things done in a concentrated time frame. Prepping lunches, laying out clothes, work stuff, lists (heyyyyy!), etc. Warning: waiting too long to prep could result in falling out on the couch, a bed or your kids floor (whatever comes first), so do not linger! Get to preppin!
Put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others: Self-care during this time is critical. Whatever you like to do to take care of you, make sure you are doing it. Let’s be honest here, I realize this could be challenging to do daily. “Make time for you every day”, I see these articles and I literally laugh out loud! So please, know thy self and don’t be so hard on yourself too. There are days you may not be able to fit it in, but when you can, seize the opportunity. Take a walk (the crisp morning air is a great place to start, just stand outside and breathe); take the long way home (if you’re solo, do not attempt with a car full), read something longer than a board book. You get the idea. Like they say on the plane, you have to help yourself before assisting others or you will pass out! Don’t pass out on me, keep reading!
Know Thy Home: This is probably my favorite and at the same time the tool I should read over and over again. Your home is just that, your home. Not, that person over there, or your co-worker or that other mom who you think has it all together, but yours. Understand the heart of your home; the center, chi, its soul. Knowing how your home functions and operates is the key to all of this actually working. You can read all the articles under the sun, books, expert advice, etc. on how to stay organized, be the best, but if you do not fully understand the heart of your home, none of this will fall into place. One size does not fit all. Period. Every family has a rhythm, once you figure that out, you got this!
Get off the F***NG Internet: Step away from social media during this time, because your news feed will be flooded with back-to-school pics, pinterest ideas for teachers (wait, do I have to do that?!), chalkboard signs with dreams and aspirations, etc. I could go on. All these things are amazeballs and I love the pics; however, be warned, they may initiate anxiety!!! I’m stressed out writing this. Like, shit, do I have to have the perfect pic, I have to take a picture, teacher gift (that’s a thing now, a back-to-school teacher gift??!!), my kids future dream job, I’m a terrib… ahhhhhhaahaaa!!!!!!!!! Pause. C.T.F.D. Translation here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-vienna/latest-parenting-trend-ctfd-method_b_3588031.html (shout out to the WW for that one!). This method keeps me very grounded, and guess what, my kids freakin love me (usually)! Excuse me while I snap this back-to-school pic. Next!
ZZZZzzzzzz: Establish a sleep routine: Sleep hygiene is another component that all of us need in relation to good health. This time of year, trying to get to bed a little earlier each night (shifting gradually) is the best way to work it in so you can avoid the chaos in the morning. Easier said than done, especially when some family members are night owls. Compromise on the screen time, shut it down prior to going to bed, perhaps half-hour or so and replace this time with the “wind-down”. Reading time, journaling, etc. I like to use this time for extra snuggles and chatting with my older kids about anything that may be on their minds about the next day.
Be Brave, Be Bold: Finally, “Be bold, be brave, be strong, be happy, be free, be silly, be original, be you”. A lot of people know I tell my children every day when they go to school, “be brave, be bold”. I would say this is advice for all of us. In life, there are light and dark things so we must be brave and be bold and be our authentic original selves to get through it all.
This post is brought to you by the letter “F”…for funny. HA, I bet you thought something else, because let’s face it, I know you laughed just a little bit reading it! Cheers to all of us on our daily grind, and a huge “thank you” to all the teachers out there making it happen for all the kids out there! Have a great year!
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