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!


4 Simple Tips to Get You Organized Now

Now that school is back in full swing and kids’ extra-curricular activities are in motion it is easy to get caught up in family affairs and start to feel topsy-turvy.

Busy mom family

Let’s take a look at some simple ways to stay balanced and organized. Saving a little time and effort can go a long way in maintaining healthy lifestyles, even when things may feel chaotic.

Get organized

Firstly, it is important to book time in as a family to stay connected and up-to-speed on what is taking place in each other’s lives. Meal time is a great opportunity to connect. Everyone has to eat! Dinner time can be a great chance to debrief each other about the day.

Extra-curricular activities happening at night? Have an early dinner before sending family members out the door.


So much attention can be spent on kids this time of year so it is important to book time alone as a couple. Spousal relationships are important to nurture. When the parents are happy the kids can pick up on it. Book a date night once a week, even if it means going for a walk or shutting the bedroom door and watching a movie.

Busy mom

You may be thinking; that is all well and good, spending time together is important, yet I feel I have no time. The truth is … we all have the same amount of time … Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have just as much time in their day as you and me.

goal setting planning

Below are some time-saving tips to get you through the day.

They may seem inconsequential if done only once, however the daily habit can save bundles of time in the long run.

1. Get up with the alarm clock.

Alarm Clock scheduleAvoid hitting the snooze button. That additional ten or twenty minutes can be put towards other things that can improve your wellness more than that extra ten minutes of sleep.

Use the time instead to meditate for 15 minutes, or write in a journal. You could even get a short workout in, yoga or stretching.

2. Put things where they live.

organizedEverything in your house has a home, likely … so put it back there when you are done with it. Avoid dumping items in piles that you “will get to later” … the infamous word later.

Meanwhile those piles of stuff that accumulate take energy from you because somewhere in the back of your mind you know someday you have to deal with it.

Put it away and sleep at ease knowing you are organized.

3. Do It While The Fire Is Hot.

Do it nowDo you ever get inklings or small voices in your head that remind you to do something? “I really should call my sister right now. I haven’t talked to her in a while.”

That is the perfect time to go ahead to do it!

As frequently as we can, if we act on our inklings they not only make us feel accomplished they provide us with integrity, which only motivates a person to accomplish more.

“Oh I will do it later,” again, takes energy from us because it diminishes the space in our mental awareness to focus on other, probably more important things, like our family.

4. Write things down.

to do listBirthdays, coffee dates, social events, wellness appointments … It is better to write it down than try to remember it. Don’t memorize things that can be stored elsewhere. Save your brain storage space.


And above all HAVE FUN! Laugh a lot, try new things, and take time for yourself (hot baths included). Do not take things too seriously.



If you have success stories about balance and organization or any tips that you feel would help some of the other readers feel free to share!


Thank you and happy living from Docere Wellness Center in Calgary