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!


Summer Exercise

With hot summer days upon us it’s inevitable that more time will be spent outside, including time spent on physical activity.

summer exercise

Let’s face it; nobody wants to be in the gym on a beautiful summer day.

However, with average daily temperatures much higher and the sun strong there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when planning your outdoor excursions.

(Keep in mind – the intention of this post is not to be a downer, but to realistically plan ahead to avoid some summer bummers)

summer exercise fun active

So let’s take a look at how to plan ahead for outdoor exercise:

Water is very important. According to Arthur Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology “the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms) is approximately 40 litres, averaging 57 percent of his total body weight.” We are clearly made up of a lot of water.

summer heat hydration

It is easier to sweat and burn off water, electrolytes and salt when it’s hot outside making it very important to drink plenty and replenish to avoid dehydration.
Pack a cooler in your trunk with a few extra water bottles. Ensure each of your bags has a water bottle in it. An empty bottle can be filled at park water fountains, as long as you have one with you.

Feeling the sun on your skin is such a wonderful sensation, especially for us Northerners who relish in the few months of the year where we truly feel the heat of the sun. Never-the-less the sun burns and one must be cautious to avoid getting burnt.

sunscreen sun burn prevention

There are natural options for sunscreen. See the article The 21 Most Affordable Natural Sunscreens. And again, pack sunscreen in every bag and leave one in the trunk of the car.

Additionally, sport a hat! It will protect your face from harmful rays and give you a sporty summer look at the same time.

Sun hat children sun protection

Finally, know your limit. If the sun has been blessing your skin for a good part of the day, sit in the shade. Too much of anything, even a good thing is simply too much.

Chafing and Blisters:
It is important to wear shoes that fit properly, with socks that cover your ankles. Chafing leads to blisters, that inevitable lead to unhappy feet.

Blister prevention stopping

If you do encounter a blister there are natural and effective ways to treat it. See How to treat blisters naturally here

Other helpful tips include:
• Choose the time of day wisely. Early mornings and evenings are great times to exercise outside because the temperatures are slightly cooler.
• Wear clothing that allows for a breeze to travel through, loose and airy. Also wear clothes that are lightly coloured to minimize absorption of the suns heat.

Summer exercise tips

• Listen to your needs. If your body feels tired or you start to feel dizzy or nauseous stop and rest and replenish!

And of course … Have fun!!! Do you have any favourite summer pastimes to share? Give us a holler on Facebook or Twitter!

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Thank you and happy living from Docere Wellness Center in Calgary