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10 Ways to Prepare for Back to School!

Getting back to school means getting back to routines. Summer always feels like it flies by! And whether your routine changes a little or a lot, there are ways to prepare for the schedule shift that can make your days a little (or a lot!) less chaotic. Here are some of the ways we prepare at HEX...  


1. Meal Prep Your Breakfast

A good day often starts with a good breakfast. Try preparing the night or weekend before to make sure you have a healthy start to the day. This could include making your favorite egg muffins to freeze and enjoy throughout the week. It's a great way to use up what you have in the fridge and start your day with a serving or two of veggies. Try out these 7 Different Light & Fluffy Egg Muffin recipes.

Or stock up on frozen fruits & veggies as a quick addition to any smoothie or shake! Spinach is often a good go-to for smoothie recipes and is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. 

2. Get A Good Nights Sleep 

We all know the importance of getting a good night's sleep. It has short-term and long-term affects on your overall health.

The American Heart Association recommends adults should be aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep a night! Make sure to limit your screen use before bed: this includes TV and phone! They also recommend going to bed and waking up at the same time 7 days a week, to provide yourself some routine. Try setting a go-to-sleep alarm as well as a wake-up alarm! 

3. Save on Back to School Supplies

Back to school means a laundry list (no pun intended!) of supplies needed for the school year or work year! These expenses can really add up. 

There are a ton of resources out there that can help you save on back to school supplies. Check out apps like Ibotta, Fetch or Rakuten, where you not only save with coupons but you get cash back for some of your purchases! 

Pro Tip: A number of these couponing apps provide you with referral links. Make sure to share these links or codes with friends or family so you earn points and rewards when they shop too! 

4. Make a Checklist

Checklists just make tackling projects so much easier. There is no end to the list of lists that you can come up with. Try making lists like dinner ideas for the week, grocery lists, back to school supply lists, daily exercise ideas lists or simply to-do lists!

Checking things off your lists will give you a sense of accomplishment and organization!  

5. Save on HEX Performance

Everyone loves a good sale! At HEX, we're always finding ways for you to save. Shop our back to school sale for 20% off site wide from August 15, 2022-August 23, 2022. Use code B2S20. 

Or sign up for our mailing lists for ways to save throughout the year!

6. Get Recommended Daily Exercise (you and your loved ones)!

Depending on your fitness goals, 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you loose and/or maintain your weight. Exercise doesn't have to be boring or even mindful. Make little changes like taking the stairs when you can.

You can kill two birds with one stone by inviting a friend for a catch up and walk, deep cleaning your entire home to get your steps in, keep you and your kids entertained with fun games or try walking meetings if work allows. 

7. Create Back to School Traditions 

Whether its a count down or a special meal, creating traditions with your family bring you together and create a sense of routine and structure. Check out these fun Back to School Tradition ideas from Real Simple. 

8. Know Your Schedule 

Create a schedule to help you feel organized and on time. Take time each week or each night to prepare the next day's schedule. It's helpful to make sure you create a schedule for yourself and your loved ones so everyone stays on track.  

Whether it's a digital scheduling app or a hand written planner, schedules improve your own time management skills, while teaching your kids the importance of time management.  

9. Make Easy & Fun Dinner Recipes

On busy school nights, by the time dinner rolls around does anyone ACTUALLY feel like cooking? Sure, we love a good, healthy home cooked meal, but that takes energy and there's not much left by 6pm. Make it easier on yourself by having quick and easy recipes and ingredients on hand. 

Check out some of our staff favorites on Food Network: 100+ Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

10. Use Pinterest for Inspiration 

There is a TON to discover on Pinterest. The app makes it easy and fun to save, discover and share ideas. Get inspired with this list we found of over 900+ Back to School Ideas! It includes everything from Teacher Gift Ideas, Back to School Musts, Pandora Stations and Parent Volunteer How Tos!  

Here's to a happy and healthy school year!


 

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