It's August, and for most, that means back to school. For families with children, you are preparing for the transition of getting back in the routine of bedtimes and alarm clocks, heavier traffic in the morning, and rushed dinners, followed by homework, and family time, and that's just the very tip of the start of busy schedules!
Let's take a step back, how is it August already? With the year flying by, it is important to consciously slow down. Slow our racing minds, our fast-paced lives, and our ever-growing list of commitments and activities. Giving yourself permission to not be rushed can be a powerful thing. If you feel like you are constantly being asked to attend events or volunteer your time on an already full schedule, take peace in the word "no." While this word can be viewed as a negative one, and maybe even a little bit insulting, there is much freedom found within it. Having the confidence to simply say "no" creates space for your mental health and clarity. Simplifying our schedules can greatly reduce stress and anxiety, while improving our overall sense of well-being. Obviously, we all have responsibilities and events that cannot go unattended, which itself is a blessing to have a social life and to have people who rely & depend on you!
The balance of your schedule between need, want, and overwhelmed is what needs to be identified for your own personal capacity. Keeping in mind your schedule, combined with your children's school activities, can be used as a teaching moment for parents to implement to prevent activity overload.
As school is quickly approaching, find the will to slow down during a time that can instantly turn into chaos and focus on what matters most. Maybe for you that's reading a book you've wanted to start since the beginning of the year, maybe it's having an hour of relaxation and silence, or time to spend with your family, or even learn something new. Whatever is most important and dear to you, clear your schedule to make time for it, and more precisely, to fill your cup, and prevent yourself and your family from feeling drained and running on empty. Nourishing yourself first will allow you to better invest in the most important things.
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