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{Guest Post} Starting Off the School Year Stress Free

on September 18, 2013

Hello Readers! I have a special treat for you today! Emily contacted me about guest posting on my blog, and I happily agreed — which makes her my very first guest post ever!! Emily is in the process of starting her own blog, and she loves to write. Since many of us (and you know this includes me!) are trying to get back into the swing of things in a new school year, Emily thought this would be a perfect time to share some tips about starting off your year stress-free – She’s a stay-at-home mom with 2 kids, so she’s well aware of how hard the transition from summer vacation to September can be!

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Hi all, I’m Emily Stone, a SAHM, proud wife, runner, fitness freak, health food addict, and animal lover! I am in the process of starting my own blog, but in the meantime, Brittany has been gracious enough to have me as a contributor on her fabulous blog. Today, I’d like to share with you some tips on starting the school year off stress free! If you have any questions feel free to email me at estone292 (at) gmail (dot) com

Tips to Start Off the School Year Stress Free 

School is back in session! With it are the return of crazy mornings and afternoons. This time can really be stressful with all the work that needs to be done. But I find that if I plan ahead and stay organized, the new schedule doesn’t get the best of me. And sometimes, I even find time to rest and relax.

Write it down

I have lists for everything. Shopping lists, to-do lists. I keep journals of my diet and exercise. I make notes of short and long-term goals and check them off as I achieve them. I have a good memory, but as a busy mom of two kids, I simply cannot remember everything. My smart phone has become for grocery lists and to-dos, but for appointments and scheduling, I still like to use the old pen and paper and my trusty agenda.

 Plan Ahead

Along with the lists, I do a fair bit of preparation for things ahead of time. As soon as I’ve done my grocery shopping, I take the time to prepare the foods I’ve purchased. This can be as simple as cutting up and bagging watermelon chunks and as complicated as preparing and cooking entrées to freeze or refrigerate for lunches. The weekends are great for getting ready. Planning your children’s outfits, and running over your appointments for the week will make you feel much more organized come Monday morning.

Find Relaxation

This may be obvious, but it isn’t. And sometimes it’s really hard to achieve. But I have an easier time managing my stress if I feel like there’s time in the day that is all about me. I start by trying to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, even if those eight hours are broken up by a crying baby or a child’s nightmare. Then, throughout the day, I build in moments of relaxation for myself. At least every hour or two, I take a few minutes to get up and walk around, even when I’m at home. At some point during the day, I get the kids settled with snacks and their own amusement and take a bath or read a book. It may only last 15 minutes, but I emerge rested and refreshed. I also have a small bottle of lavender oil that I will sometimes sprinkle on my sheets before I go to sleep. It’s a scent that is proven to help reduce stress.

Stay Healthy

The body’s ability to manage stress levels is directly related to input and environment. So it’s important for me to keep a healthy house. I fill my kitchen with healthy food and snacks so that everyone eats better, not just me. I deliberately put exercise into our daily routines, whether that’s walking the kids to school or playing a backyard game of football. When I’m home, I will make some time for myself to get in a good workout. Lately, I’ve been relying on these workout bands from Beachbody. It doesn’t require a trip to the gym, and I can really work a lot of muscles at once.

I’ve also added a number of forms of lighting in the house. If I don’t need the bright shine of the overhead lights, I have floor and table lamps, as well as LED candles, that add soft illumination without being harsh. Target has a bunch to choose from.

 Preventing stress is really important to me because if I’m stressed, everyone in my family feels the effects of it. By putting my needs and plans in writing, planning ahead, and building in time for me and my family to stay healthy and sane, I am a much happier person overall.

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Answer me this:   What tips do you have for staying stress-free?
                                    What have you tried that worked/didn’t work?
                                     How do you find time to relax?

~ Brittany xo

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2 responses to “{Guest Post} Starting Off the School Year Stress Free

  1. The calander to get everything scheduled and keep everyone orgainized is #1 in my books!

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