How to get back on track after summer

by Natalie
Mums Off Duty, Get Back On Track After Summer

The other night, I found myself watching an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I went through a phase of binge-watching this series (I love Marie’s calming vibe) but haven’t had it on in a while. I still haven’t got myself fully back into the swing of things since the summer holidays finished and I was hoping Marie would inspire me to get my **** together.

So now that the new term is well underway, we should be back in our normal routines, right? I thought I would be but to be totally honest, I’m not quite there yet. If you’re the same, and your head isn’t quite back in the game, then hopefully this post will help us to get back on track and ready to smash the last quarter of 2019. You ready?

Tips to get back on track after summer

Clear your head

Looking after the kidlets all summer really is all consuming isn’t it? There is just no headspace to be found, no quiet time. Their constant chatter – as hilarious as it can be – is completely exhausting. I love spending time with Ethan but there were (many) moments when I really just needed some silence.

Can you put some time aside where you get that quiet time you need? I know it can be difficult to find the time but it is really important. You don’t want to burn out before you’ve even really got going! Give yourself the opportunity to take a pause, and press reset.

Sort out your sleep

Mums Off Duty, Get Back On Track After Summer

Your sleep patterns probably shifted over the summer with later nights and more relaxed mornings. It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep now that you’re up earlier in the mornings.

We get our children to bed nice and early but we’re not so strict with ourselves. I’m guilty of getting lost in the scroll and not turning off my light as early as I should, and I’m feeling tired because of it.

It’s hard because evenings are often the only time you get to yourself, and you want to make the most of it, but getting the sleep you need is super important too. Listen to your body and if you need to get to bed a bit earlier, do it.

Write down your priorities/goals for the rest of the year

I love a bit of goal-setting and have neglected the process lately. But it’s so important. And it’s not just a work thing either, for your personal life too. Maybe you want to ask your work if you can go part time? Or you want to start running? Maybe you want to make more time to see your friends.

I know you’re probably thinking, “I haven’t got time for that!” but please make time. Goal-setting is absolutely worth spending time on as it’ll help keep you on track for the rest of the year. Be accountable too, and check in with your progress to see how you’re getting on.

Get organised at home

I’m totally subscribe to Marie Kondo’s philosophy that if you have an organised home, this will positively impact the rest of your life. I love a clean house and hubby is all about the tidy, so for both of us, it’s important that our home reflects that.

If your home could do with a sort out, it could well be adding to your stress levels. Try having a good old declutter and see how you feel afterwards. I always feel amazing after getting the house sorted. For me, it’s like therapy!

Revisit your routines

Mums Off Duty, Get Back On Track After Summer

It’s a good time to think about whether your daily routine still works for you or whether it needs some slight tweaking.

Morning routines are key when you’ve got little ones to get ready and you need to get to work. I’ve shared some ideas in a previous post about how to make your mornings run more smoothly. Not always possible but at least the intention is there, right? You want to try and give yourselves the best possible start to the day.

What about after school? Are you always rushing around trying to fit in too many clubs and activities? Try to focus only on the ones your kids really love doing, otherwise it’s a waste of your time and theirs!

Can you prep dinner at all? Some super organised people prep their weekday dinners at the weekend. It’s not something I’ve mastered yet but I’m open to giving it a go sometime. I like the idea of not having to stress about dinner every day but also I’m just not sure if I can be quite that organised!

Get an exercise routine in place

Exercising over the summer just did not happen for me. I felt bad about it but I had to let it go, what with moving house followed by three weeks of chicken pox!

I feel really lethargic, and I just don’t feel good in my body right now. So I’m currently working out my new weekly routine and I’m looking forward to getting back on it.

We all know regular exercise makes us feel so much better, inside and out, but it’s so easy to skip it. Make time each week to workout, move more and feel good.

There was recent guidance released on how much exercise we should be doing, and what type of exercise, depending on our age group. How do your activity levels compare?

And finally…don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t berate yourself for not always living up to your own expectations. I think as mums, as parents, we are super hard on ourselves, most of the time. We put an awful lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect, when we know perfection is not possible. We are all doing our best and we’re doing a great job.

September is a great time to reset and take stock of where you’re at. It always feels like a fresh start for me. Think about what you need to do to enjoy your life more, and make that a priority. Let’s see 2019 out on a high.

Share your thoughts

How are you doing post summer holidays? Are you struggling or have you effortlessly slipped back into your old routine? Are there things you think you can do to enjoy life a bit more? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Natalie xx

Mums Off Duty, Get Back On Track After Summer

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Sabina Green September 16, 2019 - 2:04 pm

I am currently have a clear out at home whilst the kids are at school. It is really helping my feel so much less stressed to start getting rid of clutter!

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:36 am

Absolutely, I find it really destressinig. It’s the best!

Talya Stone September 16, 2019 - 4:56 pm

I have been doing a lot of these over the last couple of weeks. It can be hard getting back in but I’m week 2 now and can say things are much easier now.

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:37 am

Yes I’m feeling much better about things now. It’ll be Christmas before we know it!

Sarah Howe September 16, 2019 - 8:02 pm

I’ve been trying to get back to my gym routine and have a declutter, ready for the autumn. It’s always a little weird after the summer to get back on track.

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:37 am

I’ve started to exercise again too and I feel much better for it.

Anosa September 17, 2019 - 7:02 am

I am a goal-orientated person and can not function without set goals, I love your tips.

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:37 am

Thank you!

Lyndsey OHalloran September 17, 2019 - 10:27 am

I love having a declutter after summer. It gets me all ready for Christmas.

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:38 am

Declutters are the best. Aaah, Christmas!!

Jenni September 17, 2019 - 11:58 pm

I’ve just finished a 16 month work contract so it’s the perfect time to reset. So far I have decluttered my wardrobe, and am half way through a 30 Day workout programme. Next I want to tackle eating healthier and doing more meal planning.

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:38 am

Oh wow, you definitely deserve a break! Sounds like you are getting really sorted out, go you!

Mudpiefridays September 19, 2019 - 1:00 pm

I love this topic, always gives me a little bit of sense what I need to do and be prepared for after summer. Thanks!

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:39 am

Totally, it’s good to feel prepared. Thanks for reading.

Laura Schwormstedt September 20, 2019 - 12:00 am

It can be so hard to get back on top of things after the long summer holidays. I really need to write down my priorities. Great post and super useful, going to use these to get back on top of my life

Laura x

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 10:39 am

Glad they’re helpful. Writing stuff down is really good I think, makes you more accountable and more likely to actually do it!


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