As parents, it’s easy to forget how hectic the back to school season can be. Instead of leisurely mornings spent waking up slowly, you’re now faced with the task of wrangling your children in order to get them out the door by 7 a.m. This can be a highly stressful experience, not only for yourself, but also for your children. It’s extremely important, therefore, to have a solid anti-stress routine firmly in place. This can help streamline your mornings and improve your relationship with your school-aged children, making everyone much happier in the long run!
Four Ways You Can De-Stress Your Family This Fall
Stress has been shown to have many serious side effects. It can lead to headaches, elevated blood pressure, poor sleep, and anxiety. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help tackle that stress head-on. For four easy tips to help you address your stressors this back-to-school season, please keep reading!
1. Prepare Meals the Night Before
Two major things that can cause hiccups in the morning is trying to handle your kiddo’s food situation. If you’re trying to pack your children’s lunches in the morning, you may find yourself running out of time before you need to get them out the door. To make it easier on yourself, prepare their lunches the night before. That way, you won’t be scrambling around when the sun comes up. To make breakfast a breeze, you can batch-prepare food on Sunday, or partially prepare food the night before. For instance, have grab-and-go options ready, or set aside cereal bowls so you can easily fill them – and your children – up in the mornings.
2. Get Your Children Ready without a Fight
Getting your children up and dressed can be a serious challenge. Making sure they’re dressed on time can be one of the biggest struggles that you face when getting them ready in the morning. Just like you’ll want to pack your children’s lunches the night before, you’ll also want to make sure your children are bathed, and their clothes are also set out the night before. Allow them to help pick out their outfits to prevent a power-struggle in the morning. By making sure their clothes are set out and ready to go, you’ll have them out the door without any needless fuss!
3. Maximize Your Time in the Great Outdoors
Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can positively affect your mood in many ways. Not only does the clean, crisp, fresh air of autumn help make you feel happier and less tense, if you let your children run around and burn off some pent-up energy, chances are they’ll be less stressed and annoyed come bedtime. Make spending time outdoors a family activity. You can enjoy a walk around the block with your children or pull them outside for a game of catch. Either way, you’ll both be happier, and you’ll be able to enjoy some serious parent-child bonding time, too!
4. Enjoy some Leisure Time in Your Hot Tub
Finally, if you and your family are stressed in the back-to-school season, then you don’t want to overlook the opportunity to indulge in a soak in your hot tub. The medical use of hot water – also known as “hydrotherapy” – has been shown to have many positive effects on a stressed-out body. It can improve circulation, get rid of aches and pains in your muscles and joints, and vastly relieve the tension in your body. Even better, it can also help you sleep better at night, giving you a fresh start when you hop out of bed in the morning. You can also enjoy a little bit of aromatherapy, too, by adding some scents to your hot tub. It’s a win-win all around. Without a doubt, taking the time to enjoy a soak in your hot tub can work wonders for you and your highly tense family!
Unwind and De-Stress in San Diego
Have you been feeling the stress of the back-to-school season with your family? For more helpful tips to help you unwind this fall, please check out our blog! Your hot tub can be your secret weapon to help combat the tension that can rear its ugly head when school opens up in the fall. By taking the time to hang out with your children, and planning your mornings out the night before, you can help make it easier on everyone. To view our large and well-stocked showroom, with all of the hot tubs and hot tub accessories that you need to keep your hot tub running well, please visit us here at Champagne Spas in San Diego!