For most families, their holidays will be ending in a few short weeks when all the students return to school and the parents head back to work. After enjoying a carefree summer and holiday time, adjusting to different sleeping, eating, and daily routines again is going to take time. After weeks of doing what you want, when you want, it will take time to get used to a more structured schedule again. But you can help you and your youngsters transition more smoothly into the back-to-life schedules by starting early. Here are some tips to help your kin get ready to go back to work or school.
Start a Bedtime Routine
By now, you should be working on a more consistent bedtime routine. It’s easier to head back to work or school if you have already settled into the night schedule. By starting two to three weeks before returning to the grind, you and your little ones will feel less tired when your back on the job or in class.
To start, try to reduce the amount of physical activities you do in the evening so you and your family will be calmer and more relaxed. It is easier to get to bed in a timely manner when you are calm.
Clean and Organize Your Home
It’s always nice to have everything done before you head back to work. During the last couple of weeks, take a day or two to unpack, clean, organize, discard, and declutter your home. You will feel better starting the new season with a tidy home. If you have a to-do list of holiday projects, try to get as many done as you can so you don’t have to think about them when you have less time to focus on your house work.
The earlier you start shopping for back-to-school supplies, clothes, and other necessities, the better you will feel going back to your fall schedule. Last minute shopping adds stress to your life that will make going back to routine more difficult. The later you leave your shopping, the more you run the risk of not finding what you want, and dealing with congested stores.
Re-Start Regular Eating Habits
Let’s face it, when you are on holidays, you do not follow the same diet or eating habits that you do when you are at work or school. To help your body and mind adjust to the transition of structured days, start re-establishing proper and consistent eating habits. Healthy foods will give your body the fuel it needs to cope with the stress of getting back into a more structured day.
Plan Special Treat Days
Life doesn’t have to become dull and boring because everyone has gone back to work or school. It’s important to still plan fun maintain fun activities into your week. By planning a special day for the family at the end of the week or on the weekend, if will give everyone something to look forward to and break up the hum-drum of a more rigid schedule.
Visit Your Chiropractor
Changing your schedule is stressful and can throw your spine and nervous systems out of alignment. This will only add to your discomfort. By visiting your Chiropractic office, your doctor will help you maintain a healthy alignment which will improve blood and oxygen flow to your body systems. It is mentally and physically easier to adjust to change when you are healthy. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help our patients maintain optimal spinal health so they can adapt more easily to change.
As the holidays end and a new school and work year begin, it takes time to more structured and less carefree days. Advanced preparation will help the transition go more smoothly for everyone in your home.