Going off track from time to time is perfectly normal, especially over the summer when we tend to feel more relaxed and carefree. If you’ve had your kids at home for the past 6 weeks, it’s no wonder that you’ve deviated from your daily routine. Lie-ins, lots of day trips, too much ice cream, travelling and outdoor play make for a lovely long summer, but when the new school term starts it can be a challenge to get back into the old schedule.
As its ‘Back to School’ season and the end of summer holidays, I’m sharing some of my favourite tips on how to get re-motivated and organised after the long summer break, ready to make the most of the last quarter of the year (I know, I can’t believe where this year has gone either!). Getting back into a normal weekly pattern can feel like a drag at the beginning and you may feel a little overwhelmed, but after the first few days everything will seem to slot back into place and you will be back rocking your groove like a superstar.
START RETURNING TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE EARLY
After a long period of having an irregular routine, it’s going to feel like a shock to the system when it’s time to return to normal. To mitigate the blow, perhaps start a few days before with getting up at your more usual time and going to bed a little earlier which will help your body feel more ready.
GET READY THE NIGHT BEFORE
On the first day back to the grindstone, you’re more likely to be all over the place. To make the first morning and consecutive mornings going forward run more smoothly, it might be better to get ready the night before. This means laying out your clothes, getting your breakfast and lunch ready and planning out your day to take the stress out of a busy morning.
BATCH COOK AT THE WEEKENDS
Let your freezer help you during this time of adjustment, by batch cooking a load of healthy family meals on the weekends. These can be stored in the freezer and then you always have a healthy meal on hand when things are just too overwhelming and you don’t feel like cooking.
EXERCISE TO HELP YOU FEEL ENERGISED AND MOTIVATED
Getting those endorphins pumping is a simple way to feel energised and motivated to get back to it. It doesn’t have to be a long workout either, just 15 minutes dancing around your kitchen blasting your favourite songs is a great place to start.
DON’T HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON
Setting an alarm to help ease you back into your normal routine is a great step, but you may be tempted to hit that snooze button. In the first couple of days back you may feel like you need more sleep. However, usually hitting the snooze button results in a deeper sleep that is actually harder to wake up from.
There is definitely a sense of change in the air as we enter a new season and to make this adjustment more plain sailing rather than your worst nightmare getting settled back into your old routine can really help. I think preparing yourself a few days before is a great place to start, but don’t worry, even if it may not seem like it at the time, everything eventually will fall back into place.