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Getting Back into the Swing

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Does the calendar really say September already?

I feel so blessed to have had a summer filled with sun, fun, family and friends this year – but boy did it fly by! Now that my girl is in full-day kindergarten (sniff, sniff) I am transitioning to a new schedule.  If you are having trouble adjusting to a new schedule or just getting back into the swing, here are some of the things that I did over the last week to try and make the transition easier and less stressful:

  1. I typed up a list of healthy lunch ideas and posted it on the fridge. Have picky eaters that want to eat the same thing every.single.day of the week? Do YOU eat out too often because you can’t think of anything to prepare for your lunch? TRUST ME – do this! Every week when you are menu planning, take five minutes and choose five lunch ideas and then add the ingredients to your grocery list (get the kids involved and have them choose!). When my daughter picks the meals she feels like a “big kid” and gets excited to be involved in the process! Check out my post on the benefits of menu planning here.
  2. I am taking time for ME every day! I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I can’t say this enough. Whether you are a SAHM or working woman, I am guessing that you rarely find time just for you. Your schedule is always packed full. As a mom myself, I understand (I even dedicated a whole blog post to it in July!). Some ideas that I regularly give my clients include journaling, a hot towel scrub or dry brushing, Epsom salt baths and meditation. Why? Because it’s a good way to start getting into the habit of doing something solely for YOU every day. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time, so there is no excuse not to carve out 10-30 minutes!
  3. I created a sacred space (finally!). Since we moved into this house seven years ago, I always said that I wanted to create a small space in my bedroom to meditate. I just completed it a couple weeks ago and every sit down, light some incense and sit down there, it makes me smile. Do you have a space that is just for you? A place you can escape to and unwind and recharge?

Once I put aside that mile long list I made this summer and reminded myself that it didn’t all need to be done in one day, I could feel myself relax. Do you have any time saving tips or things that you love to do just for yourself? We’d love to hear from you!

 

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