Back to School
Well... it has been a weird summer, and I have a feeling that things are just about to get weirder with school starting. Between hybrid school, remote learning, in-school learning, and every school doing something different, our heads are sure to be spinning. But have no fear... I'm here to help you learn some ways that you can make it through, and end up with a positive attitude on the other end.
1. The Power of Positive Thinking
If we constantly look for and talk about the negative, that is all we will see. I have been guilty of this on so many occasions, but I am working on becoming more aware of my inner thoughts and outer dialogue. Keeping your friend circle positive is also a great way to keep your head in a great space. Does this mean if someone is going through a hard time, you can't help them? NO! Of course you can help someone. The goal is to not let it consume you. You want to be aware of the "Negative Nancy's". People who are constantly gossiping about other people. If they talk about others, what are the odds they are talking about you... pretty high!
For real... take some time to just breathe. There are some great apps for this. My favorite app for this is Headspace. A great mantra to repeat in the mirror everyday is this (and many others): I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let me stress level break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I do not quit.
3. Sleep & Self CarE
Get the necessary sleep your body needs. I hear the phrase "I'll sleep when I'm dead" so much it makes me cringe. Does it mean you have to sacrifice your body's needs in order to get where you want to go in life.... NO! The build up of lack of sleep will eventually consume you and come out in ways of aggression, unhealthy habits, mood swings, and so much more. Get that sleep, then conquer the world! On the other side, you also need to make sure you practice self care. Whether that means getting your hair done, getting your nails done, scheduling a therapy session or just taking some time to do things you love... it's IMPORTANT!
A great stress reliever is working out. Whether it be a walk down the road, doing yoga or slinging some weights at the gym... get that body moving!
When the world has a LOT going on... like right now, journaling can be such a great way to get your thoughts out. Especially when we are so quick to post our lives and our problems on social media. Journaling allows us to get out those frustrations and worries without unloading all of our emotions to the world.
6. Diet Changes
My last tip, is changing your diet. I am in no way a health expert, but I can tell you what has worked for my family and maybe you could apply these changes to your own benefit. A few years ago, my daughter just started pre-k, and we noticed a HUGE scary behavioral change. She became angry, and aggressive towards myself and my husband. We had to put her in the middle of a room without anything nearby or she'd destroy it. One night she literally hulk style ripped her pajamas. It was several months of tears and confusion while trying to figure out what was going on. Before school started, she was the most mild mannered and sweet child. After a discussion with another classmate's mom, she suggested removing sugar and red food dye from her diet. We decided to give it a try. We knew it would be challenging, but if it was going to help our child, we were going to try whatever we could. One month after the diet change and detoxing her body, our child was back to her sweet self. We had one day after the first month that we tried sugar at a birthday party...and the next day, all hell broke loose again. So lesson learned... do what works and stick with it. Yes, it's hard to get young kids off sugar... it's in EVERYTHING. But she has adjusted so well and asks people if the food she's about to eat has sugar before taking anything. They also make so many alternatives that are getting easier and easier to access. I myself have noticed mood changes and inflammation when I eat sugar or gluten. Everybody's body is different, but if something is going wrong, or seems off, try small diet changes.
If you enjoyed these back to school tips, please share. These can apply towards kids and adults and everyone in between. Have a great school year!