Kiss your laid-back summer goodbye, and get in the swing of things this school year.
Back to school season is a fresh start without the New Year's resolution guilt. Whether you're going back to school yourself, have a kid going back to school, or (like myself) are simply along for the ride, our top four back to school habits should be on the top of your to-do list today. You have 9 months to make these changes, so let's get cracking.
Focus on Goals
A solid plan for the school year helps keep yourself in check. Snag a personal planner or journal to keep notes beyond your class schedule, like to-do lists and goals to help keep yourself accountable. Store everything you want to accomplish on a specific day, or even during the school year, in one place to ensure that all of your deadlines are met. There's nothing worse than waking up to remember you forgot to pick up your outfit at the dry cleaner for a big presentation or never scheduled the carpool for soccer practice. Make notes for meal prep and lunch making to help your diet and your budget.
Eat Real Food
A busier schedule means less time to cook, which can make the drive thru seem so much more tempting. Have items in your fridge and pantry that are easy to assemble on nights cooking just isn't an option, and most definitely don't devour a quick meal on the go. Focus on eating real food and actually sitting down at a table to eat it. Know what meals you plan to eat every day and where you'll be eating them. This will help you avoid grabbing something unhealthy on to go, or skipping meals all together. Remember that eating a well balanced meal is just as important as everything else in your day, and aim to keep it as a high priority.
Have a Schedule
Scheduling out your day will not only keep your organized, but also encourage healthy habits in all parts of your life. Consider what you plan to eat during the week and schedule a specific day to both shop and meal prep to make the week's meals easier. Find time during the week to take a walk or exercise and even plan days that you'll clean your living space. Keep note of evenings and weekends you're free to spend time with friends, explore a near by city, or just hit the local farmers' market. You'll get more done in the same amount of time with a set plan in mind.
Take Time For You
Hitting the gym and meal planning are super important parts of living healthy, but taking time just for yourself is a crucial aspect we tend to put on the back burner. Be sure to do what makes you happy like reading a book, watching television, painting, or shopping. If it helps, sign up for a weekly yoga class or set a reminder for yourself on your phone to take a moment to breathe. Plus, don't underestimate the power of a good night rest. Be sure to set a sleep goal for yourself every day, so you'll wake up feeling energized to take on anything.