3 Easy ways to go back to your routine

We have been watching Netflix, we would want to remain at home, a cup of coffee in hand, and never go back to our routine. I guess by now, we are kind of liking this.

The quarantine has given us the chance to be together at home, no rushing, and wearing pajamas all day long.

However, someday, we have to return to work, school, or our regular activities that took place outside of the house.

We have been dreaming of having some time off, something to take us out of the routine. Of course, we never imagined how it became real. We started to have time for ourselves. Now, we have time to Zoom our friends, read a book, or play a board game with our kids.

I have to say, it has been great! Cooking for the family, catching up with friends, finishing school, and submitting my homework. I know not every family is fortunate. Thank you for all hard-working people who have essential jobs, going to work everyday! I truly admire you! And the families struggling with COVID-19 and people dealing with grief. My heart and prayers go out for you!

How many times in a month do you take time for yourself? A little treat for you?

You do everything for your family, you even have homeschooled your kids, and you sometimes put yourself last.

So I am telling you three things that will make you go back to a routine with a different attitude.

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Time for You

Making time for you is not being selfish. You must take care of yourself first to take care of your family. If you get sick or stressed everything falls out of place. You are the one person taking care of your home and the one who organizes everything for your family.

Mark your calendar, one specific day, at a specific time, and do something good for you. Read a book, do yoga, talk to a friend, whatever it takes for you to relax. This will bring you back to your regular routine with a happy attitude.

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Just Say No

You feel obligated to everyone and you think you need to do everything that is being asked of you. You feel exhausted at work, then you come home and find out that you are invited to a family event that you need to go. (Maybe not on COVID-19 times). All your relaxing time for the weekend is gone, you have to show up to Aunt Annie’s crochet group.

Maybe, it is time to say NO to some of the activities. You can contribute to Aunt Annie’s party by sending her some cupcakes that you purchased from a friend, or you go to the crochet party but don’t stay too late.

I do not recommend to say NO to everything or every invitation. This suggestion is only to be used when you feel overwhelmed and need a break. Choose YOU instead of someone else. Taking a break from everything once in a while is a good thing for you.

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Focus

Once you have more energy, take some time to analyze and focus. Make a list of all your things to do, your goals, everything you have in mind. Act on them. Once you are relaxed, all your goals and plans seem easy to pursue.
Make priorities within the list and focus on them first. This will help you to focus on the important thing and not urgent things.

With YOU in mind, you will remember to take care of yourself first. You will be in a great mood, relaxed, and focused. You are not a machine, you need time to relax.  If you leave your coffee maker ON the whole day, it would burn, right? (Well, let’s imagine that they do not automatically shut off) You need to turn OFF and relax once in a while. You deserve it.

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7 ideas for a stress-free back to school day

We are almost ready for back to school.  We start shopping for materials, snacks for lunchboxes, check clothes or uniforms, etc.

The alarm goes off, one, two, or even three times and we do not want to get out of our warm beds. Looking like zombies from The Walking Dead, we hurry with breakfast and then we start shouting:  “get dressed, brush your teeth, comb your hair!” we run to catch the bus, the kids get on it, and phew…what a back to school day! Did I forget to take the picture of the first day of school?

They come back from school without the new lunchbox or without the new sweater and they just say: “Mommy, I don’t remember where I left it”. Oh my!

How many times do we have to hurry in the morning and then we remember about the book they have to return to school and we can’t find it? or did we buy the materials needed for the project?

I have learned through the years some hacks to make my life easier and more organized.  A stress-free morning.  This makes me a happy, calm, and easy to get along mom, one who enjoys conversations with my own kids.

You will find here some of my ideas that will change your day and morning routines:

1. Get the backpack ready the day before: 

This is critical to avoid stress in the morning.  Let your kids put all books and materials inside the backpack the day before.  Do not do this for them. You are teaching responsibility here.   If your kids are preschoolers, help them by putting the stuff inside the backpack, but let them close the zipper.  They will be proud of their accomplishments.  When the backpack is ready, leave it near the door ready to grab on the way out.

2. Prepare lunchbox the night before: 

This also saves you time in the morning, and if you are like me, waking up with one eye closed and one eye open, you may have forgotten where in the fridge did you leave the Tupperware. This gets complicated if you have more than one kid and the same kind of containers.  You can label them with the name of each kid or member of your family.  These labels can be erased, are machine washable, and microwave safe.

3. Snacks area: 

Keep inside your pantry a designated area for snacks.  I use a simple dollar store basket to organize all snacks.  This comes in handy when you are looking to grab one and just go.

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4. Set the table the night before:

Just waking up to find a setup table will give you extra time and less stress in the morning. The night before going to bed,  set up the table with the plate, cutlery, and glasses needed.

5. Uniforms: 

Some schools require uniforms others don’t.  Before going to bed, depending on the age of your child, leave uniforms on top of a chair or table, paired with shoes.  So when they wake up, they are easy to find.  If they are old enough, let them do this daily.  If they do not require a uniform, the practice of preparing clothes for the next day will become a good habit.

6. Beauty station: 

Create a station with a simple basket or clear plastic shoebox that you can keep near the kitchen, pantry area, or within the bathroom built-in.  This container may have a comb or brush, ties, clips, hand lotion or cream, lip balm, gel, hair spray, and other needed things to comb and style your kids.  Keep this as a second set,  apart from the one maintained in their bedrooms or main bathroom.

7.  Homework station:

The same principle applies, have a second set of scissors, pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, etc.  Keep also glue, tape, and all materials needed for homework.  Keep this station near the table or desk where they do their school activities.  I love this one from Amazon to keep things in place and organized.

Extra tip, now that we have all these organized, where do we save all the worksheets that they bring from school?  Create a file box with hanging folders.  Use one folder per subject and at the end of the school year, review them, and keep only what you love the most.

I hope these ideas help you have a stress-free back to school day.  Please, share if you like them!

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Mama Multitasking

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Read it in Spanish:  Ideas para un regreso a clase organizado