Summer, where did you go? Fall is just around the corner and most of you are probably in back to school mode. Us? We’re pretty stoked that pumpkin tortilla chips will be back in stock at Trader Joe’s soon. But for all you hardworking parents and students out there, you’re probably just trying to learn how to make those to-go lunch mason jar salads and not pay full price for textbooks you’ll never use again.
Don’t stress, we’ve got some pretty insightful tips and tricks to help get you sorted for the school year:
1. Schedule your days.
The days of binge-watching Netflix till 1:00 AM and waking up mid-day are gone. Get your butt in bed! Parents, this includes you! Trouble falling asleep? Set a digital curfew! Experts recommend no screen activity for at least one hour prior to bedtime to help you settle down. This is a great time to catch up on some reading, folks. Books seem kinda primitive, we know, but try to remember the time before tablets. We got through it.
2. Create healthy habits.
Along with plenty of sleep, no one can argue that eating well and getting some movement in your day is a good idea. Don’t skip breakfast, pack a lunch and keep some healthy snacks around the house for studying. After dinner, get some exercise! Take your dog/cat/ferret/rabbit for a walk. Soon enough we’ll all be complaining about the cold and running out of crockpot ideas. Let’s eat a salad and get outside while we still can.
3. Don’t overcommit.
Everyone wants to believe they can do it all. Parents, for you this probably means you make it to your 6:00 AM boot camp, get home in time to make pancakes and pack all the lunches, work a full day, pick up the kids, rush them to all of their after school activities, get dinner on the table and still have time for PTA meetings and laundry. The only person who accomplishes this kind of nonsense is Kate Hudson. You’re not Kate Hudson, and that’s ok.
4. Allow for freedom of choice.
It’s true, academic champions study with great determination and engagement. However, all students need time to relax and reset. Students, remember to take time for yourself, whether that means an hour a day or a day off from studying a week. Parents, you remember the pressure of school. Give your kids some time for fun, too. Life isn’t all about grades. Sometimes, you just gotta order a pizza and play some Super Smash Bros.
“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Cheers, gang! Here’s to a brand new school year!