Let’s be honest, there are so many reasons that summer is one of the most loved seasons we get. Lake days, family vacations, floating the river, endless sunshine, and losing track of the days – what more could we need? However, like all good things, summer must come to an end, which means getting your family and yourself back into a routine…and it’s always a lot more difficult than we think it will be. Here are a few tips on how to get yourself back into a good routine as fall starts to creep in.
Stay organized. Buy yourself a weekly planner. Clean your house at least once a week. Clean out your gym bag (aka wash your sweaty socks more often..hehe). Tidy up your desk. Clear up any clutter that stacks up in the most important areas of your life. Just. Stay. Organized. Studies show that the more unorganized your physical space is, the more unorganized your mind will be.
Plan ahead. Whether it’s social outings or a good sweat, you’ll thank yourself for planning ahead this season. Summer is pretty free-flowing but making sure you’re getting everything you need to be done when it needs to be done can help clear out any confusion that may arise. Schedule your workouts ahead of time to make sure that you don’t put your health goals on the back burner. Meal prep so you can save precious time (and money). Even schedule time for some self-care, like a massage or bubble bath. Write it down, stick to it, and we promise you’ll thank yourself.
Rest up. Stress can wreak havoc on your body in several ways, and often times it comes through because you’re not getting enough R&R. Always aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This will not only help you feel more awake and functional, but it’ll keep you ready for the days and weeks ahead. You can only rely on caffeine so much (but hey, it also really helps).
Make time for FUN. Just because you’re back to running kids to school and/or buckling down at work doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a little fun. Keep that summertime feeling and head outside for some sunshine or invite your friends over for dinner – whatever sets your soul on fire. Plus if you don’t, you might be headed straight for a burnout.
The bottom line is: take care of yourself. Make sure you’re doing all you can to make this busy season easy on yourself! Don’t forget to book those bikes (and even all the way through the end of the week) because we know a good workout is a good prescription for stress. 😉