Leran to Balance Exercise and Family LIfe

woman running with her children

With summer coming to a close, so do the spontaneous days of summer. Soon school will be in full swing and so will all the extra curricular activities that keep us moving from one activity to the next. I often get asked, “how in the world am I suppose to get my kids up and going by 6:30 in the morning for school without any meltdowns?” or “how am I going to find time to go to the gym when I have all the kids activities starting back up?”.

My answer to these questions is Structure and Balance. Without these two habit forming elements chaos has a place to live. “Duh! I already thought of that, but how?”. Creating structure and balance in your day to day life takes planning and preparation. It means scheduling your time to fit everything you need to do in each day. I am a to-doer! I love to-do lists and schedules because I know what needs to get done is done and what doesn’t, doesn’t.

Structure is setting a schedule that works for you and your family. Balance on the other hand is making sure that your structure doesn’t box you into a mundane daily haul.

To begin your structure get out a pen and paper and begin with a list of things that need to be done each day. Once you have the daily things written down then think of the things that need to be done during the week such as soccer games, dance recitals, or oil changes for the car. Once you have compiled a list of the things you need to do start numbering them from the most important to the least important. This will help you prioritize what gets done when and how soon.

Once you have listed all the things you need to do write down the things that will help you create balance in your life each day such as going on a walk, working out, reading a book, date night with your spouse, taking a community class, church, meditation, or yoga. Adding a few of these activities in for yourself each day may come as a challenge, but I promise that it will be worth it. Lets face it adding this balance to your life will help keep you sane. It will also help you relieve stress and eliminate your desire to “run away” from your children.

Structure and balance are key elements to getting back into the school routine. It is important for your kids to know how to structure their lives while staying balanced. Kids thrive off of structure and creating it can help reduce stress in the home and as they return to school. So as the lazy days of summer come to a close embrace the structure and enjoy the new found balance.

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