And yet again, another countdown is on to summer’s end. While the retail world has been all over it for over a month already, panic is setting in for many students and summer flex-time working adults. At my house, there is much lamenting about “not having done enough yet” and “where the time has gone.” This mom better get crackin’!
As we prepare for the transition from carefree summer lifestyles to back to school/back to regular work hours, let’s keep our health in mind! Here are three areas that deserve our attention:
Sleep schedules: Considering that health experts encourage 9-10 hours of sleep for children and teens, and 8 hours for adults, our summer schedule of going to bed later just won’t cut it. A gradual (1/2-hour per week) approach to getting to bed earlier is encouraged, so this needs our attention now!
Healthy foods: Plan your strategy and stock up on good options for school and work lunches (if yours is in need of improvement). Suggestions include dried fruit, low-fat string cheese, yogurt, trail mix, celery/peanut butter, roasted coconut chips, nuts, roasted seaweed snack, pita/flatbread crisps, hummus and salsa.
Frame of mind: Pep talks may be in order here; even if we have to give them to ourselves! It’s great to work through transition with a positive attitude and outlook, and realistic expectations. We need to pay attention to mental health issues, just as we would the physical ones!
Moving on to this month’s content, our writers have some great articles to further our healthy living efforts. Marco Araujo offers great advice for us to help our children avoid backpack-related back injuries. Carrissa Pannuzzo shares some of her home remedies for common childhood ailments. Angela Mueller recommends a healthy treat for our summer grilling menu. William Twohig reminds us of the importance of oral health, especially as we age. And there’s much more to learn, so please read on!
Here’s to a smooth, healthy transition into your end-of-summer schedule!
In health and happiness,