We hit the ground running with a 9th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader and 2nd grader. This mama started her 19th year of teaching.
It is always a big transition, for me especially, as my responsibilities and care of children increases exponentially with the onset of the school year, but we are all getting back into the swing of things.
This year I am continuing to work on self-care and stress management strategies and I also have a goal of "working smarter, not harder."
Here are three things I am focusing on to start the school year:
Drinking More Water. On our summer vacation to the Pacific Northwest I got a new Hydroflask Water Bottle as a souvenir. I am trying to drink two full 32 ounce bottles during the day. I have been adding Nuun Immunity Tablets to give me a little boost as well.
Yoga. I am continuing to incorporate yoga into my life. I am aiming for one session a day. My go-to home practice is a video from Yoga with Adrienne. This week I have done her Sunrise Yoga, Stress Melt, and Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back. These free, quick videos have really helped me feel better.
Getting Help with Meal Planning. Meal planning is a huge chore in my life. Last school year I had a whole series of meal planning posts. where I created a collection of posts with weekly family meal plans. This school year I am trying out a recipe meal planning service called emeals. I subscribed to the "Kid Friendly" plan and every Wednesday I get an email with dinner recipe ideas and grocery lists for a whole week of meals. I have been trying this out for a couple of weeks and I like it so far. It is making this big responsibility in my life a little bit easier.
There are several different meal planning menu theme options (ex. Quick and Healthy, Vegetarian, Budget Friendly and Clean Eating to name a few). If you are interested in trying checking it out, try it free for two weeks using my referral link: http://emeals.com/invite/megan-devine.
I hope your school year/September is off to a good start. If you have some strategies that you are using that are working for you to get back into the swing of things I'd love to hear about them!