5 Tips for Moms during Back-to-School
No matter how your kids are going back to school this year, it’s stressful. Maybe they’re back in their classrooms but you’re afraid of that level of exposure. Maybe they’re virtually learning from home but you’re going insane trying to do it all. Maybe they’re switching between the two, or you have kids doing different things.
Back to school this year is more stressful than ever before, and I’ve got some tips to keep moms — whether you’re working from home, back in the office, or a full-time caretaker — happy and sane until winter break!
Keep Eating Healthy Foods
The first thing we let slip in our house was our meal plan. With everything in chaos, why not lean into it?
Having a plan to keep healthy foods at home and make multiple home-cooked meals a week will bring you some stability, give your body the nutrients it needs, and boost your mental health!
I’m not saying we don’t do takeout — we definitely do. But I try to make at least 5 dinners per week at home and have been stocking as many healthy snacks as we can to get through the day.
Did I treat myself to my favorite Indian place last night? Yes. Will I let that get me off track? Absolutely not!
Take Breaks when the Kids are Busy
This one sounds obvious but many moms — myself included — end up working more when the kids are distracted or with their grandparents. It may be tidying the house, organizing the shopping list, or any host of daily activities.
Beyond my exercise routine, most of my time is spent in work mode or family mode. Maybe not every time the kids are busy, but at least once a week, I now take some time for myself.
That could be reading a book, walking around the block, having a FaceTime call with my best friend, or any quick (and usually free) activity I think will help me recharge and be a better mom, wife, and friend.
Make Meditation a Priority
Whether it’s five minutes or 50 minutes, giving you and your mind time to calm, reset, and prepare for the day ahead is one of the best free ways you can give yourself what it needs.
If you’re new to meditating, try a few minutes at a time and don’t punish yourself for the thoughts that come. No one’s brain is on Do Not Disturb all the time! The thoughts appear, we acknowledge them, and we let them go for another day, another time.
Exercise Every Day, Big or Small
Whether you have time for a full workout or a quick walk with the kids, moving your body will help burn calories of course but also increase your metabolism and have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.
Sometimes I don’t have time to exercise alone, but my 5-year-old and 2-year-old love to workout with me! There are so many free workouts on YouTube and other apps that we can do a quick cardio workout, a bodyweight workout, or a yoga workout from the comfort of my living room! The kids like to learn the steps so having a few videos you love on repeat is great for your fitness and their memory skills!
Even if it’s five minutes before you go to bed, give yourself some dedicated me time every day. It may be the peacefulness of your skincare routine alone in your bathroom or a hot shower before anyone else is awake.
Need reminders that you deserve your self care time? Treat yourself to fresh flowers for no special occasion or join a Mama Meetup group with a safe space to learn and vent with other moms.
No matter how you treat yourself today, make sure you do. You’re worth it, mama.