As summer draws to a close, thoughts inevitably turn to the start of school if you have kids. Not only does that mean shopping trips to buy new clothes, backpacks and school supplies, but it also likely means a return to a more hectic daily routine than you’ve been experiencing during the last couple of months.
Back-to-school time gets the whole family back into a hectic routine of not only school, but after-school activities, meetings and other commitments. When you live and work in New York City, it can add additional stress to an already busy lifestyle. So what can you do to free up some time and reduce the stress?
Here are a few tips for making the last few weeks of summer and the start of the school year as stress-free as possible:
- Get used to your new schedule. If kids have to wake up early, have them start doing so before the first day of school. If you need to drop the kids off before you head to work, start rearranging your schedule to make sure you can get everything done on time.
- When the fall starts, it’s like a new beginning for children and parents alike. That often means that there’s also a new excitement about activities, new friends and things to do. But sometimes you can’t just keep adding more on your plate. If you’re strapped for time or feeling stressed, you need to learn how to prioritize. Say no if you’re asked to chaperone a school trip that doesn’t fit into your schedule or limit the number of activities your children can do if time is at a premium.
- Find ways to free up more time. If you don’t want to say no to activities or commitments, find other ways to free up more time in your day. Prepare meals on the weekends that can easily be reheated during the weekday so you don’t have to cook. Hire a professional messenger to take care of picking up and delivering packages that you would have to otherwise take care of yourself. NYC messengers can really save you more time than you realize. Get someone to clean the apartment, pick up the dry-cleaning or walk the dog.
- Don’t let stress get the best of you. With all the hustle and bustle of the coming weeks, it’s easy to get stressed. But you shouldn’t let stress get the best of you. Unwind at the end of the day with a walk through the park, an hour of yoga or a glass of wine over dinner with your spouse or a friend.