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Reduce stress this school year with these helpful tips!
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.
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!
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.