I talk to lots of moms throughout the week, and there seems to be a great divide around the feelings of back to school. Some moms are so excited to get those kids back into the Fall school routine so they can have time to themselves again, while other moms are feeling even more stressed as Fall activities ramp up and the feeling of being a personal chauffeur to their kids seems to go into overdrive.
Whether you can’t wait to get the kids out the door so you can have a house to yourself again, or you’re dreading the impending busyness that comes with this time of year, it can be easy to forget about yourself through this seasonal transition. As a mom, I’m hyper-aware that when life gets busy, my personal needs tend to be the first to get pushed off. Knowing this is the case, it so important that I create awareness of this tendency and plan for success to avoid an otherwise inevitable emotional crash and burn.
Here are 5 things that I will be focusing on this fall and chatting with my clients about too. Give them a try to keep your personal wellness in peak condition while figuring out what the new routine of the season will look like:
- Reset Your Schedule
Did you have a great meal planning routine this Spring than somehow fell off the grid this summer? Were you getting to you favorite gym class earlier this year but it’s slipped off the calendar lately? While the kids are getting used to their new school schedule, it gives you a great chance to take a look at your own schedule and reassess for things that might have gone MIA with all the summer vacations and backyard get-togethers.
As a tip- gyms will usually release a new fall class schedule, and they might even add in some fun classes you haven’t tried yet, so it’s a great time to look at the schedule and try a new weekly class or two.
I personally know that if something isn’t on my calendar, it won’t happen, so this time of year is perfect for me to power up on my intentional scheduling for the week.
2. Spend Some Time Journaling
Whether it’s journaling, or meditation, it’s the perfect time to slow down and reflect on how the year has gone so far and what you want the rest of the year to look like for you and your family. Envisioning the upcoming months can be a powerful tool for setting yourself up for success, so go ahead and jot a few things down.
I find journaling is especially helpful so I can look back on my past journals and see all that I wanted to accomplish, all that I did accomplish, and those things I wrote down and I now read it and think, “what on earth was I thinking?!”. Sometimes it makes me feel good about the year, and sometimes it’s more entertaining. ha.
3. Create a “seasonal resolution”
I’m a big fan of setting seasonal resolutions over annual resolutions, because they tend to be more realistic and you’re more likely to stick to it because the end isn’t too far from sight. (Plus, if you make a resolution to get to the gym more this season, you won’t have to fight the crowd! Bonus!)
If you were to set a resolution for yourself from now until the end of the year, what would it look like? Did you have a resolution at the beginning of the year that’s fallen off? Why wait to start it up again until January when you can start getting back on track now? Whether you’re looking to get back into a healthier routine, recommit to your side business, or get your finances and monthly budget back in order, this is a great time to set that goal and make a plan for success!
4. Get Organized for the Season Switch
Spring is always the common time to think about cleaning out the closets, but I love making time for a seasonal clean out during the fall as well. All of those summer clothes that no longer fit the kiddos can go straight to your favorite donation spot so you don’t even have to think of them come spring time! How nice would that feel?
Fall Clean Out Tip- I love to do a quick overhaul of a space by grabbing a big plastic storage container, go through a room and throw anything in the container that belongs in another room, needs to be donated, or thrown away. Talk about an instant makeover! I always feel so energized when a room gets a sudden clean out.
Then, I take the box into another room and go through it, so I’m not tempted to dump everything back in the same room. Bam! It’s like a 5-minute room makeover.
Our house is tiny, so it also means we have to store away clothes by the season. So, this is also a good time for me to get all the winter “stuff” pulled out from the back of the closet so that it’s at least available when our Minnesota weather takes a crazy nose dive into freeze-town.
5. Re-commit to self-care
Chances are, with all the fun kid activities and vacations that go along with summer, self-care routines tend to get forgotten. Now is the perfect time to recommit and schedule in your self care routine (See #1 about resetting your schedule). You will be thanking yourself come November when the holiday season hits and you’re actually not feeling completely drained!
My favorite types of self-care are going to a regular yoga session, taking a warm bath, and going for a walk while I listen to my favorite podcast. Self-care doesn’t have to cost anything, but if a massage helps you feel rejuvenated, then by all means, budget that stuff in and get it on the schedule! You deserve a little pampering after all that craziness this summer!
What other things do you do for yourself when school is back in session? Comment below and let me know – are you excited for school to start again? Or, are you overwhelmed with the impending packed schedule?