Back-to-school time is a stressful time for so many families – parents and kids alike! With new schools, new teachers, new subjects, and new schedules, changing your family’s routine is rarely easy.

But with National Relaxation Day coming up on August 15, now’s the perfect time to try out a few relaxation strategies to keep you and your kids sane and at ease. Here are some healthy ways for you and your kids to relax and enter the new school year with positive energy and a calm state of mind.

Host Family Yoga in the Morning

It’s no secret that regular yoga practice fights stress, but there’s no rule that says yoga is only for adults. Mornings are often the most stressful time of day with everyone trying to rush out the door and get where they need to be.

When you begin changing your morning routine for the new school year, set everyone’s alarm 15 minutes earlier than you normally would– it’s only 15 minutes, after all! Fire up a yoga app, like Yoga Studio on your tablet and lead your family in a 10 to 15-minute yoga session to stretch their muscles, clear their minds, and prepare for the day ahead.

Treat Your Family to a New Recipe

Many families find themselves too busy to cook healthy meals with the new school year and all the extracurricular activities it brings in the evenings. This is where raw foods come to the rescue because they don’t require cooking at all!

Pick up our Raw Food Beginner's Deck for quick, easy, and healthy recipes that don’t even require you to turn on the oven.

Spend More Time with Your Pet

Pets give us a unique and special kind of stress relief and bring joy to our lives. Even when they make messes in the house or pull on the leash, we love them.

Celebrate this unconditional love by spending more time with your pet as you get ready for back-to-school time. Chances are that your pet will feel lonelier when your schedules get busier, so treat him to some extra attention right now…while simultaneously reducing your family’s stress!

Break Up Routine with Fun Games

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when school starts again, but sometimes you just need to take a step back from it all and have some fun. One of the best ways to unwind at the end of a long day is to play a game with the ones you love.

Although the road trip season of summer might be over, our 50 Road Trip Games is perfect for family game night. Bring the deck in from the car and leave it on the coffee table for a quick stress-busting activity whenever you need it. Even just a half hour of playing a game together can make all the difference in the world.

Stress-Busting Strategies for Parents

As a parent, stress is an everyday part of life, but the important thing is not letting that stress take over your life. These are some stress-busting tips to get you through this back-to-school season.

- Leave our 50 Ways to a Better You deck by your bedside table and meditate on one card each morning

- Write in a journal for 10 minutes each day to process your stresses or set your daily intention

- Give or get a massage

- Get active by exercising in a way you enjoy for at least 30 minutes each day

- Sing in your car, shower, or wherever you like!

Helping Kids Reduce Stress

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you aren’t the only one in the family who’s stressed out. Kids experience stress in big ways too. Here are some practical ways to help your kids manage their own personal stresses as they start a new school year.

- Encourage kids to face their stresses, not run away from them

- Schedule relaxing activities into kids’ days

- Encourage good sleep and hygiene routines

- Be a model for self-care and positive thinking

- Practice deep breathing and relaxation activities with your child