Q&A: How Can I Stay Calm in the Back-to-School Craze?

Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic expert Katie Silcox gives six quick tips you can try to keep yourself, and your family, sane during the back-to-school busyness.

Katie Silcox

Q: Back-to-school can be an especially busy time of year for everyone. How can I keep myself and my family calm, grounded, and healthy?

—Elizabeth Prince, Fort Lauderdale, FL

A: Make life more simple!

Yes, extracurricular activities are an important part of development for young people. But over-doing it can lead to both a physical and mental imbalance for children and parents. The solution? Let there be more nights than not where you and your children are unscheduled after school.

Here are some simple changes that can make a world of a difference:

1) Have dinner together.

2) Eat “one-pot” meals of soups and stews.

3) Lay around.

4) Laugh and play after dinner.

5) Eliminate all “screen-time” after 8 P.M.

6) Allow yourself to start to wind down as the sun sets.

There is a beautiful phrase in Ayurvedic wisdom that says, “When life gets complicated, let your remedies be simple.” It may feel odd to do less to feel better, but I promise, it works.

Katie Silcox is the author of the up-coming book, “Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women”. She’s a vinyasa yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, contributor to Yoga Journal, and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker.