Aaaand it’s that time of year again. I mean, YAY, the kids are going to be out of your hair for a few hours a day, and YAY, you won't have to hear “Mom, I’m bored”, like 10 million times a day (it will probably only be about 500K), but OMG - you need to do all the back to school shopping, planning, and organizing that is the hell only parents truly understand.
No one wants to enter the bowels of hell better known as Walmart, Costco, and Staples at this time of year, but alas, child 1 needs new clothes, and running shoes, child 2 needs like 2 backpacks because they’ll lose the first in a week. You’re already starting to feel the heart palpitations, and trichotillomania is starting to look good.
STOP! Please… Don’t rip your hair out. Consider adding a few things to your day that will help you deal with the stresses of your offspring returning to school.
Breathing Exercises and Mindfulness
Yes, we actually said that. Yes, we know you might think we’re crazy, but we’re not… (at least not in a bad way).
What we often don’t realize is that our breathing can heighten stress and anxiety. We get wound up, and start to breathe faster, and in a more shallow fashion. This only makes the situation worse.
Slowing our breathing, and being mindful of each inhale and exhale can certainly help us to manage our reactions to stressful moments.
Try out this simple exercise:
- Inhale through your nose. Do this slowly and deeply. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed, and breathe into your abdomen. So, your abdomen should expand and compress with your breathing while your chest rises only a little.
- EXALE, don’t hold your breath. Make sure you exhale SLOWLY, through your mouth. Note: As you blow the air out, purse your lips a little ( kind of like duck face, or blowing a kiss), but keep your jaw relaxed.
- Repeat. Do this for several minutes, even past the point of feeling relaxed. So, you can get yourself back in the moment with a clear mind.
Try it. There are also other breathing techniques that we’ve covered in other posts, find one that works best for you.
Why not give Yoga a shot?
After taking a few classes and learning about positions that require some focus and naturally help you to relax, you could always just move into a yoga stretch during a stressful time. The bonus of doing this around the kids (especially if you have a flare for drama), is you might actually scare the living crap out of them, and they may back off. But, mostly it might just help to center you in the moment.
Not, taking kids with you….
Seriously, don’t want to deal with the backpack drama dance at Walmart? Leave Thing 1, and Thing 2 at home. Imagine all the lovely things you’ll be able to complete. I know that this is likely not an option, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
And finally the introduction of CBD, whether you choose wellness drops, mints, or gum adding CBD to a cup of tea, or chewing on a piece of gum might actually help to get you back to a relaxed unfrazzled mindset. Kick back, enjoy your favourite book, and allow the good vibes to flow.
We know for a fact that there are always going to be things that are out of our control, and that might even trigger stress, and anxiety.
That said - no, you can not muzzle your child, or their friends…. Although, that might help the situation short-term, not the best approach overall.
Use the tips above, and just remember that we can turn it around, and we know YOU will.
Have any tips that are your go-to’s for dealing with back to school stress? Drop them in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.