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Five Easy Ways to Stop Stressing About Your Family’s Schedule

posted Nov 11, 2011, 10:16 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:35 AM ]

Maintaining a happy, stress-free family in the midst of a major transition time, such as going back to school, is no small task.

Set the stage for a successful school year by following these simple, foundational guidelines to help keep everyone organized, on-track, and ready for a great year.

  • Plan ahead. Have everything ready to go the night before. Depending on their ages, your kids should be able to help with this task. Clothes should be laid out and ironed if necessary, backpacks and briefcases packed, and lunches ready to be grabbed on the way out. By having everything ready the night before, a lot of common stressors, such as a frantic search for that favorite pair of tights, are eliminated. Get everyone out the door in a calm manner, and hopefully with a little breakfast in their tummies.
  • Clear the homework hurdle. Although homework might not be your kids’ favorite thing to do, establishing a nonnegotiable routine will get them in the habit. Find out what works best for your family. It might be establishing a homework or reading hour right before or after dinner or later in the evening as your schedule dictates. Just stick with it. Be available to help if needed and set a great example by turning off the TV and catching up on that novel you’ve been meaning to read.
  • Say no. Just because your kids can sign up for multiple activities doesn’t mean you have to let them. Decide how much unstructured downtime is important to your family. The number of commitments you make as a family – to practices, games, or performances – is really based on what your comfort level is. Some families might be able to juggle multiple kids engaged in multiple activities, while others might prefer that each child only sign up for one extracurricular activity per semester. Plan your calendar according to your family’s preferences, and remember that kids aren’t the only ones being overscheduled these days – parents can feel free to say no too!
  • Break bread together. You’ve heard it before, but eating dinner together as a family really is one of the best ways to develop strong family bonds. Research shows that eating meals together on a regular basis benefits children’s emotional and physical well-being. Make it a goal to sit down to dinner as a family at least three or four times per week. If you’re not sure what to talk about, try something fun like Chat Pack™ cards that ask silly and serious questions to keep the conversation flowing. Read the News You Can Use article for tips on planning meals the whole family will enjoy.
  • Get some rest. One of the most important things you can do as a family to eliminate stress is to make sleep a priority. Without adequate sleep, it is difficult to concentrate in school or at work, and we’ve all experienced how cranky and unproductive we can be when we don’t get enough shut-eye. Set a regular bedtime and strictly enforce it. Again, set a good example by turning in at a regular hour. Try NUTRILITE® Valerian and Hops to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Recent clinical studies report that valerian extract standardized to 0.8% valernic acid helps promote sleep and improve sleep quality. NUTRILITE® Valerian and Hops contains clinically significant levels of valerian to replicate these results, has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system to enhance restful sleep, and contains a proprietary blend of valerian, hops, and lemon balm.

Try to focus on one of these areas at a time. Once you’re accustomed to one new stress-busting habit, try to work the others into your family’s day. You’ll be less stressed in no time.

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