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Three Tips for Self Improvement This Fall

3 Tips for Self Improvement This Fall

 

It’s a new school year and summer is winding down. If, like most moms, you’ve been home for the past three months with the kids, the fall can feel like the best time of the year. Now that your children are out of the house for a large chunk of the day (hey, even pre-pre-school means an hour to escape to the gym!) it’s time to focus on you.

 

Read on for three ways to get back into a routine and put your needs first.

 

Make your health a priority

The first thing that tends to slip is making sure we are eating right and getting regular exercise. During the summer months, it’s easy to throw schedules to the wind and embrace lazy days and after dinner ice cream. But, flu season is just around the corner so it’s smart to start taking care of yourself now. Sign up for a weekly session with a personal trainer at the gym, meet with a life coach, or go for a mid-day power walk to get your heart racing. When you’re grocery shopping, fill your cart with healthy options like kale (it’s everywhere now!) and the last of the summer vegetables. Make kale chips for the whole family to snack on.

 

Go back to school

Feeling a little left out when the kids leave for classes every day? There are numerous educational opportunities for grown-ups. Even if you don’t have time to attend a full time program on campus, you can sign up for free courses on Coursera or edX and throw yourself back into academics. Thanks to technology, you can virtually sit in on classes taught at some of the best universities in the country and participate in all coursework. You can earn credits and, in some cases, even a degree without ever leaving your house!

 

Start a business

It might seem ambitious, but starting a small business based on something you feel passionate about can be a great way to stay busy and bring in some extra money for the family. In many cases, with kids in school, going back to work for a company full-time just isn’t an option. If you create your own schedule and throw yourself into a job you believe in, you can have the best of both worlds. It can be tough starting a business from scratch and many first time entrepreneurs are considered “high risk” when it comes to setting up a bank account and getting established as a merchant, but it’s not impossible. If you’re the queen of baking cupcakes or you’ve always had a knack for floral design, maybe now is the time to put those skills to good use. Click here for more information about launching your first business.

 

Take advantage of your new free time and, while the kids are occupied, spend time improving YOU. The summer months are fun, but exhausting. Now it’s time for the teachers to spend all day with the children and let the parents get back to an organized, predictable school year routine.

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