Return to Normal After the Holiday

Getting You and Your Family Back into a Routine

The holidays are coming to an end and it might seem like your whole life is turned around; the kids have been out of school, there have been parties and food galore and no one (including yourself) has had a sleep schedule. Get back on track after weeks of indulgence with these simple tips.
Establish sleep and eating schedules for the whole family.
After weeks of being able to stay up late and sleep in, your kids might have a hard time waking up early for school. A few days before returning to school, be strict about bedtime and wake times, not only for your children, but for yourself as well. While you’re at it, start eating nutritious meals on a schedule. Making your family’s favorite healthy foods will make this much easier. Finally, try to remove most of the fattening holiday treats from your home to eliminate the temptation.
Schedule your post-holiday workouts.
The holidays can be fun and hectic, which means workouts can fall to the wayside. Get your fitness regimen back on track by scheduling your favorite workouts and writing them in your calendar. You can motivate yourself even more by having a fitness buddy to make sure you get to the gym, or even just get in a walk. Even if you don’t have time for a full workout, having a friend to check in with can be encouraging. Finally, this is the time to drink plenty of water. After eating and drinking for weeks your body needs the hydration. Drinking water will also give you energy to workout and will help to eliminate toxins. 
Be prepared.
The night before returning to school and work, have everything prepared for the next day; lunches made, outfits ready to go, backpacks at the door. Try to do the same for the first week so the mornings are easier for everyone in the family. Even having your outfit and makeup organized for the next morning can make it easier to return to normal.

Nina Sutton is a TV host, spokesperson and beauty/lifestyle expert. She specializes in mommy beauty and style.  She is also one of the winners of People Magazine’s “Real Beauty at Every Age” contest and was featured in the April 2012 “Most Beautiful” issue. With an MBA and a business background in beauty, fashion and consumer packaged goods, Nina brings real world expertise to audiences around the country.

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