September marks the start of school and the beginning of schedule-mania! Between carpools, after-school activities, and endless paperwork, it’s no wonder that parents feel overwhelmed! As your kid’s activities increase, it can be easy for you to cut out your activities due to time constraints. However, the best thing you can do as a parent is to prioritize your health so that you’re in the best shape possible. Here are 3 tips to help you (try to) balance it all and take care of yourself, too!
Some practical ways to kick things in gear include: working out early in the morning, asking your employer to offer wellness activities, tossing out junk food, and stretching daily.
Consider creative ways to get things done, like sharing the shopping load with your spouse, using a service like Peapod, or enlisting a mother’s helper. These strategies can help increase your productivity and give you some short retreats throughout the day.
Scheduling and protecting the family schedule is the best thing you can do for your family. Be consistent and monitor it closely. Once you rein in your family schedule, you’ll feel better, more balanced, and your family will appreciate it!
[Merriweather is Chief Executive Officer of Fitwell Training Solutions, a personal training and wellness company specializing in the health and fitness needs of families. She lives on Playford Lane.] ■
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