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Back to School = Back to Self-Care

Summer is almost over! I know, I can't believe it either. Hopefully you were able to create some wonderful memories with your family and friends. Right now, most of us are gearing up for 1st days back at school. Although it's sad to say goodbye to summer, it's nice to be back to regular routines and schedules. So, now that we are back into the full swing of things, how can we take care of ourselves?

Be Positive

Think of the start of the new school year as a good thing! If you have kids going to a new school, encourage them by talking about new beginnings and new friends. Moms, plan ahead for "me-time" if the thought of having a quiet home again fills you with dread rather than optimism. Book the massage or facial treatment you’ve put off over the summer and make time for you.

Teachers, if you can, re-energize yourself with self-care before the lessons begin. If school has already started, make sure you are getting enough sleep, water, nutritious foods and exercise to support your well-being during the school year. Set yourself up for a more positive school day.

Go Outside

Summer isn’t over just because the school bell has rung! Make the most of what’s left of the good weather and get out in the sunshine. If you can walk with the kids to school, ditch the car and get some exercise in before class starts. Taking a walk before or after school, may help your mood or boost your energy level. Try to get out and about on the weekends so that the summer vibes are carried on as long as possible.

Take Care of your Mental Health

For some students going back to school can bring on additional stress or anxiety. Try to encourage your children to come out of their bedrooms and off of social media to avoid even more stress build up.Tempt the teens to get outside with shopping, going for ice-cream or even booking a relaxing massage. It's okay to book a massage for yourself too! Meditation or other mind/body practices like yoga and Pilates can also help with stress and anxiety. If you've never tried any of these things, now is a great time to start. Remember it’s a new beginning – make the most of the next academic year!

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