How to Move from Back to School Blues to Back to School Bliss

It doesn’t take long after august long weekend for back to school signs to go up everywhere you look.

Back to School Tips

It seems summer break began only a short time ago and already we are exposed to back to school marketing, and social pressures to get organized for September.

With a full schedule looming for parents and kids, not to mention potential stress around kids changing schools, school transportation, paying for school supplies, etc., how can you make the most out of this time rather than let back to school blues settle in?

The American Psychological Association suggests the following:

Run through the school routine with your family

Set aside some time to talk as a family about the school routine. What time will everyone wake up at? How will kids get to and from school? What kind of lunches would they like that will be kid friendly and nourishing?

Discussing the routine together will ease everyone’s mind, removing fear of the unknown and helping to build a vision.

Get into the habit of going to bed early. Everyone should adjust their sleep schedule back too early to bed, early to rise, making the transition easier when school starts.

Empathize with your kids

Don’t overlook anxiety they might be feeling about change in the school year to come. New friends, potentially new schools; talk with your kids about how they are feeling to ease fear and have a better understanding of where they are at emotionally.

Back to School Advice

Get to know your neighbors and your community

Community can be such an essential support factor. Getting to know the other kids in the neighborhood before school starts is a great way for kids to start to feel comfortable with the people they go to school with. Also, parents can support one another with before and after school care and car-pooling.

Many community associations provide activities for families throughout the summer. Utilize these events as opportunities to get out there and meet people in your neighborhood.

As school gets closer here are some additional tips:

Eat right

Getting into good eating habits can go a long way. Make sure everyone eats a healthy breakfast in the morning and packs a good hearty lunch.

Back to school lunch tips

Pack the night before

Have everyone pack their school bags the night before and put them near the front door. This way there is less running around in the morning and less chance of forgetting something.

Oprah suggests:

Create a back to school tradition that is fun and exciting like a barbeque or an annual visit to the water-slide park, or family game night.

This will build excitement and a sense of celebration for the coming school year.

Seek expert advice if you need help

If, throughout the year you are feeling overwhelmed and need the help of an expert, reach out for professional support. Self-help can be very beneficial from Psychology, to massage therapy. Look for a wellness centre near you.


Above All

Keep a positive perspective. The new school year holds so many exciting opportunities and experiences. Celebrate with each other every step of the way!

Do you have any tips or suggestions on strategies your family uses for back to school bliss? Share with us!


Family Features Campaign

At Docere Wellness Centre we cherish the relationships we have with our clients and their families.


To honour these relationships we are launching our Family Features Campaign. Once a month we will select a family whose story we will highlight.

This month we have selected Charles, CJ, Avery and Nathan.

A busy family of four, (well six when you include Blossom the guinea pig and Cody the dog); Charles and CJ and their two kids have lots on the go.


Charles and CJ are small business owners in the oil and gas industry and Nathan and Avery are busy students with many extracurricular activities.

From church to martial arts, dance, yoga and camping, this active family is engaged in the community.

They first started seeing Dr. Meghji 3½ years ago to find a solution for Nathan and Avery’s allergies.

Over this time many positive changes were noticed for the family. In CJ’s words “We noticed vast improvements in behaviour, self-control, learning success, complexion and mood improvements … We have far more choices now about what we can eat as a family.”

While the allergy treatment approach, called NAET, was something they found interesting at first, and maybe questioned slightly, the improvements that have been made far outweigh the initial questions that arose.

As Charles says, “It’s hard to argue with success.”

And with a larger menu of options the family can eat, the busy lifestyle has become more manageable and more fun!

happy family

As CJ mentioned, their family “Has been very grateful for Dr. Meghji’s vast knowledge about the treatment of allergies but also for her respectful and kind approach with the kids.”

We are thankful for our relationship with the wonderful family and are happy for their breakthroughs!

We are passionate about your wellbeing. Visit for more information or if you have any questions about the NAET, allergy treatment technique, please contact us today at 403-452-6262.

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