A lot of parents across the world are currently grappling with back to school season; they’re either out shopping for endless lists and trying to figure out whether they should be buying the $195 headband or the $1 glue stick, or they’re desperately trying to schedule ballet classes and football practice for the kids, as well as balancing the packed lunch and the evening dinner.
It’s enough to drive anyone crazy and make the long, blissful, lazy days of summer feel like a distant dream.
However, there is a way to make it all more bearable: Consider factoring in ‘me time’ to each day.
Once you decide to set aside 10 minutes for yourself in the morning and perhaps 20 minutes last thing at night, you’ll notice you’re better able to cope with the daily grind, says life coach Lucretia Hill.
“Taking time for yourself is something that most parents feel is not a priority when in fact it should be at the top of the to-do lists,” Lucretia tells Lumity. “It’s not being selfish, it’s self-care.”
And, it doesn’t have to cut into that back-to-school shopping budget either:
“What’s key here is stress management and creating pockets of time in your day which are about you and you alone and feeling happy,” explains Lucretia.
“Stress makes life unbearable – it also sends your hormones crazy too, and unfortunately, shopping for school supplies and going back to the daily grind of doing the school run is stressful.
“You don’t have to spend lots of money: You can have a lovely, long luxurious bubble bath with scented candles before you go to bed, or in the morning set aside 10 minutes to do a face mask and apply a gorgeous smelling facial oil, or make a point of doing your nails once a week.
“Or you can get up ten minutes earlier and meditate, which is really a beneficial way to start the day. You could do a ten minute workout at home, it can be yoga, or something where you are listening to your favourite music and jumping around.
“And, when you’re signing the kids up to after school classes, think about signing yourself up to something new.
“As we get older, we often forget to try new things when this is a fantastic time of year to get into the habit of working out regularly, you could learn a language, try out that hot yoga barre class or think about working out with that personal trainer you’ve heard gets fantastic results, or even learn a musical instrument.
“Why let the kids have all the fun?
“Planning the week’s meals and doing the shopping on a Sunday for them will make life much easier, and you’ll be less likely to spend money on take-away food that way because you’ll know already what you’re going to have each evening. Get lots of sleep as it’s essential to cope so try not to stay up late watching TV, and consider signing up for a quality nutritional supplement so by December you’re glowing, not frazzled.
“You’ll thank yourself and start to really look forward to the times which you have set aside that are just for you.”
If you have some spare money, maybe you can go to the end of summer sales and buy a fabulous new outfit so you feel great, and if the daily school run is starting to get you down, plan lots of little things to look forward to in the coming months. Lunch with a friend, a Saturday afternoon spent somewhere new or a fantastic haircut (you can go to training days for a great cut if your budget is tight) will all lift your spirits.
Lucretia continues: “Ultimately, kids aren’t little for very long so developing coping mechanisms to enjoy it all is really beneficial to everyone in the family. If the parent is happy and feeling fulfilled, then the kids take their emotional cues from that and they will be happier too.
“So don’t feel selfish taking that me time: It’s essential!”.
Well, if that’s not a reason to do some online shopping this evening, I don’t know what is!
Do you love or loathe this time of year? Let us know in the comments…