Summer - We look forward to it all year long…we count down the days until it officially arrives… we dream about it, we plan for it, and we can hardly wait to enjoy it. When that magical moment arrives, we savor every minute. Goodbye alarm clocks, fast paced mornings with breakfast on the go, and at our house we say good riddance to the “organized chaos” of the school year. Say hello to pool-side cannonballs, neighborhood bike brigades, icey cold lemonade, and altogether forgetting what day of the week it is. Hopefully we’ve all experienced some form of this delight, right? Hopping from one fun thing to the next, we are all sun kissed, happy, and relaxed.
Fast forward to August. Your body has finally adjusted to a blissful summer schedule, but nagging alarm clocks and back to school orientations are peeking over the horizon. Summer vacations and camps are coming to an end, and with every last day that flies by, you start to anticipate the new school year. Who will be your best pal this year? Where is your new classroom? What’s the latest trend in back to school gear? One can’t help but wonder what the new school year will look like. Students and teachers share in these emotions while Moms all over the world are bouncing off the walls with excitement (behind closed doors!) because what they see on the horizon is routine, structure, and a shot at getting the kids to bed on time.
Hard as it is to admit, our bodies’ overall physical and mental well-being is improved when we know what to expect. Waking up at the same time every day, coupled with a consistent bedtime, allows your circadian rhythm to function with maximum efficiency. This in turn increases your brain function. As a result, the body will feel and function at its very best. And for those of you who know me well, I am a firm believer in setting kids up for success, and this is a great place to start.
Before we know it we have slipped back into the groove of another promising school year, with endless opportunity for growth, achievement, success, and triumph. New friendships have been cultivated, new backpacks are wearing in, and the alarm doesn’t hurt so bad anymore.
So dry your tears, shake those back to school blues, and start your engines. It’s time to embrace a new routine and remember just how good it feels to welcome the fall.