Do you feel that? The level of stress is rising as you start thinking about getting the kids ready for back to school. While school books may still need to be ordered and you feverishly scroll through Pinterest for new back to school lunch ideas, may I suggest something? To increase your chances of a low stress school year, start preparing now with these timely back to school tips for moms.
It happens every year…well at least until the kids leave for college. Every year as moms across the country get ready for back to school, we gasp at just how fast the summer went by.
Nope. You won’t fall victim to overscheduling.
Nope. You won’t end evenings at the dinner drive thru.
Nope. Nope. Nope.
This year will be different because you will different. How? By putting yourself high on the priority list, of course. And to help you out. I’m sharing some back to school tips. These tips are not about the kids. They are about you.
Well, because if “mom” isn’t right, then nothing about the school year will be, and no one wants that. So think of this as a little cheat sheet and your permission slip to make time for self-care during the school year ahead.
Supplement Naturally for Stress Free Support
It’s should come as no surprise that my current go to for stress free support is RidgeCrest Herbals Anxiety Free. During stressful seasons like “back to school”, it makes such a difference in maintaining calm and wellbeing.
The stress of the school year is already enough to bare, And let’s just say that being a homeschooling mom doesn’t make it any easier. It’s better to be prepared and have some RidgeCrest Anxiety Free on hand, than to have nothing at all.
During the last year, going “back to school” has become even more stressful than it used to be, no matter how you choose to school your kids. The added stress of lockdowns, the loss of loved ones and ever changing mandates can be attributed to a 54% increase in alcohol sales in March 2020 compared to the previous year, according to Nielsen.
And that’s not all. According to a recent study called the National Pandemic Emotional Reports, during the last 18 months, women reported higher rates of changes in productivity, sleep, anxiety, mood and overall stress.
Stay at home orders, remote schooling and emergency homeschooling only added to the stress of everything else.
That’s exactly why I recommend adding RidgeCrest Anxiety Free to the back-to-school mom regimen.
Trust me, I dislike seeing school supplies in the aisles of my favorite store when I was just popping in to get some banana chips just as much as you do.
Can’t they just let us live?
But the truth is, the more you prepare ahead of time, the less stressed you’ll be. So start looking at those book lists, have the kids try on their shoes and uniforms (cause you know they’ve outgrown them), and get that new book organization system in check.
Getting prepared is half the battle.
Hire Some Help at Home: Automate
I know what you’re thinking about…tutors and sitters. There’s no shame in your game mama. You don’t have to do it alone. But, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about services that put the “management” in home management.
House cleaning, lawn maintenance, grocery delivery, meal planning….if you have the coins, someone else will happily do it for you. Even you haven’t taken advantage of these services in the summer months (I’m all about teaching kids responsibility too), as schedules get back to normal, kids get back to school and more involved in after school activities, you may just want to hire a bit of help.
PPT (Prioritize Pamper Time)
Whether you schedule routine time at the spa, get your nails done at the mall or give yourself a mini facial at home every Friday night…if you don’t make the time, there will never be a good time to just take care of you. Matching that time with particular days of the week like “Me Time Mondays, Workout Wednesdays and Facial Fridays” will make it easier to not skip out on your much needed time during the week.
Don’t Forget About Your Friends
Whether it is for a quick text, a call or swapping notes on Facebook messenger, don’t let the last 18 months trick you into thinking that humans aren’t social beings. That quick chat with a friend may just be enough to lift your spirits and get you through a bad day. Many times, she needs the break just as much you do!
And while most of us don’t have hours to chat on the phone like days of the past, the love is still there.
Sometimes a thoughtful note or kind gesture will do.
So what do you think?
Are you ready?
Hopefully these timely back to school tips for moms will give you exactly what you’ve been looking for to get ready for the school year ahead.