How to Stay Sane Going Back to School

Between scheduling last-minute summer vacations and doctor’s appointments, arranging class schedules and shopping for back-to-school clothes, this time of year can really take a toll on your mental health. How can you minimize your stress and maximize your enjoyment? Try these tips.

Take vitamins. Whether you grab a simple once-a-day formula or concoct your own mix of supplements, vitamins help keep your energy level high and can boost your resistance to illness. Ask your doctor what supplements he or she recommends. In the last few years, many experts have been touting the benefits of taking Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.

Ask for help. Most people take on too much during the summer, try to get too much done and turn into silent martyrs. If you’re overloaded, speak up and ask for help. Tap into your family members’ strengths. See if your spouse can handle some of the back-to-school shopping or activity chauffeuring. Enlist your kids to make shopping lists or help with other duties around the house. If you can delegate even the smallest household chores, you’ll leave more time for back-to-school necessities.

Make time for fitness. Is your exercise routine the first thing to fall by the wayside when things get busy? When your schedule is crazy, you need all the energy you can get. Even if you have to dial down your regular routine, doing some type of exercise is better than doing nothing at all. Fit in 20 minutes every day to take a brisk walk outside, do a quick fitness video, stretch, or work out with light hand weights. Your body will thank you.