It’s that time again! It’s time to make lunches, pack snacks, and get back into the routine of taking your kids, or yourself, to school. Reading the multitude of back to school advice for kids this week, I realized that this advice is applicable to everyone in every day life. Below are some tips to start implementing in your daily routine:
Many times we make breakfast for our kids and we neglect to feed ourselves because we are “too busy” (ie not making ourselves a priority). Breakfast sets our metabolism for the entire day, hence missing it could cause fatigue and lack of focus later on. Even if it’s a smoothie, a quick snack, or a bite of what your kids are eating, that is a good first step towards the most important meal of the day.
Make snacks…. healthy snacks
When was the last time we made our own lunch? One of my favourite memories going to school was having a packed lunch with snacks, treats, and loving note from my mom which boosted my morale for the rest of the day. The best snacks are the ones at are simple, homemade, and colourful (such as celery with hummus, rice crackers and avocado, kale chips, edamame, etc.). Why not make your lunch for yourself and include an empowering note in it. You deserve it!
Establish a routine… and stick to it
We do best when we establish a routine and stick to it. All of our biological systems run on a routine or timing – hormones are secreted at specific time, our sleep cycle runs on a circadian rhythm, our metabolism works best on routinely scheduled meal times. Try to go bed and get up at the same time to properly set your body clock. Have a pre-bedtime regime to wind down from the day (such as journaling, reading, yoga, meditation, etc.). Have your meals/snack at similar timed intervals to set you metabolic clock. Also, schedule in fun time or socializing into your day (2-3 times a week) where you meet up with a friend, do an activity, or have some quite time for yourself. Our lives are so hectic and busy that we need to schedule in rest time. Rest is just as important as activity and we need to make it part of our daily schedule.
Have fun and socialize.
We tell our kids to have fun at school, try their best, and enjoy themselves. Many times we don’t give ourselves the same sound advice as we put too much emphasis on chores and accomplishments. When’s the last time you did something fun (even as simple as going for a walk, playing a game, or doing a word puzzle)? We think we need to sacrifice our time in order to accomplish all of our tasks (pretty much to serve our kids and sacrifice ourselves. The more you do that though, the more you resent your tasks/chores and you start to lose you love for life as each day becomes boring and monotonous. Enjoy yourself and enjoy life.
Creativity is a skill that we all possess, we just need to cultivate and practice it. We need to create things – it is an integral part of being able to express who we are as a person and also has therapeutic benefits of putting our emotions into somethin tangible. Fostering creativity in our kids improves their imagination, positively affecting their cognitive abilities and socializing skills. Our imagination is one of our greatest gifts and as adults the only reason we lose it is because we don’t respect it’s power and therefore don’t practice it. Don’t lose your imagination! Do something creative! Bake, paint, dance, sing, do whatever it was that you enjoyed as a child (finger paint or play with playdough!). Make time for creativity.
So as you are making your child’s lunch this week remember to make one for yourself. You deserve it!