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4 Back to School Tips to Help Reduce Stress

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Reduce stress this school year with these helpful tips!

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One of the things I enjoy the most about summer is that we don’t have much stress.  We are totally free to do what we want, when we want – at least most of the time.  We try very, very hard not to schedule more than 2 nights each week with activities, meetings, etc but it’s hard to keep it to just two!  The school year can definitely get stressful so I’m sharing 4 tips, inspired by Lifestyle Mom Dana Kilmer, to help reduce stress this school year.

1. Plan ahead – this can mean anything from menu planning to packing lunches the night before to setting out a week’s worth of clothing on Sunday night.  Whatever it is that causes the most stress, plan ahead for it!

2. Schedule in downtime – As I mentioned, my husband and I try to keep evening commitments to 2 per week.  I know that will get even more difficult as the kids get older.  But even then, scheduling a family game night or movie night helps keep everyone connected.

3.  Keep healthy snacks on hand: Is it just me or do you feel like feeding your family is a non-stop task? Keeping healthy snacks the kids can get themselves helps me feel like I live somewhere other than the kitchen! Our family favorites are carrots, fruit and popcorn.

4. Eat breakfast: I am so guilty of  making my kids a nutritious breakfast and then only having a cup of coffee for myself.  I’m just “too busy” to stop long enough to eat.  It’s true sometimes I can’t stop long enough to eat, but I can take my breakfast on the go.

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I recently had the opportunity to try belVita Soft Baked Breakfast Biscuits.  Now, I’m not much of a breakfast bar eater – I find them way too dry and dusty for my liking so I wasn’t sure belVita would be any different. But they were!

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I tried two different flavors of the biscuits – mixed berry and chocolate oat.  Surprisingly, I liked the mixed berry best.  The chocolate was good, too.  I had a biscuit with my cup of coffee and added a piece of fruit for an easy, stress free breakfast.

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10 Comments
  • Jade Samson
    August 23, 2013

    I am not a fan of breakfast bars either but this looks yummy!

  • Susan
    August 23, 2013

    yes making sure you eat a great breakfast makes all the difference. Thanks for all of the great tips.

  • Ashley S
    August 23, 2013

    Thanks for the tips! I’m a busy working mom on the go and sounds like these Belvita bars are perfect for a quick breakfast.

  • Mariah
    August 23, 2013

    I think the evening commitments is definitely a good thing to abide by. It’s so easy to get over scheduled these days and that definitely stresses me out!

  • Onica {MommyFactor}
    August 21, 2013

    I def agree that anything with chocolate can help relieve stress. It’s nice that belVita also has healthy other ingredients.

  • Amber K
    August 21, 2013

    Great tips! It’s definitely a stressful time for us.

  • Sarah Bailey
    August 21, 2013

    I shall have to pass this onto my Mummy friends thank you 🙂 x

  • Stefani
    August 21, 2013

    These are some great tips. All four of my children started school last week. I now get a few hours of quiet time during the day.

  • Mitch
    August 21, 2013

    You forgot 1 tip that I need – pick the kid up on time the first day!
    thanks for these!
    Mitch

    • Camille
      August 21, 2013

      Ha ha! Yes, that would definitely reduce stress!! Hope he has (had) a great first day!