The first couple of weeks after school starts, you might very frequently crawl into your bed immediately after putting your children into theirs. You consider it a success if you can remember to remove all articles of clothing before sliding under the sheets and pulling the covers over your head. Life during the months of August and September is always a bit exhausting. But if you can’t function properly, your kids won’t be able to either. Here are a couple of tips to ensure that your back-to-school days run just a bit more smoothly.

1. Set a routine. Knowing what to expect brings a calming feeling to nearly every hectic situation. Anxiety can cause your body to become exhausted very easily, but having a routine lowers the chance of chaos ensuing and anxiety rising.

2. Exercise. Elle Woods was on to something when she famously said in “Legally Blonde”, “exercising releases endorphins and endorphins make us happy.” Fitness is a vital part of being healthy, and endorphins are an added bonus! Endorphins trigger a positive reaction in our body and also act as a sedative. Incorporating exercise into your routine at least two to three days a week will give you the perfect stress relief during back-to-school chaos. Check out this quick 20-minute full-body workout.

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3. Eat a healthy diet. Ensure that you’re getting enough nutrients such as calcium and potassium, which are important in making sure that your body is not fatigued. Avoid excessive caffeine and refined sugar as these can aid in vitamin deficiencies. Here’s a list of superfoods to get you through the day!

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4. Drink plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Keep a refillable water bottle by your side all day to ensure you’re getting enough water.

5. Use technology to your advantage. At least an hour before bed time, turn off your cell phone, TV and computer. While you might not remember the 2 a.m. email “ping” from your phone, I guarantee that your body does. Instead, listen to a relaxing playlist right before bedtime.

Remember, a little bit of fatigue when starting a new routine is normal. Here are a few reasons why you might be more tired than usual. If your fatigue persists, you may have a sleep disorder and should consult a doctor.

Here’s to an energetic and productive school year!