Latina moms are known for juggling countless tasks and often without even asking for help. Somehow, we think we are superwoman (and we are in many cases!), but we have to take a few steps sometimes for the sake of our mental health.
One of the best times to take a moment for ourselves is during the back-to-school season.
Back-to-school season is can be as anxiety-inducing as taking your child to the local park for the first time. This is especially true since schools are now taking out pandemic protocols for the second year in a row. Es demasiado, chica!
But we will always prevail; all we need is some breathing space to get our mental health on point.
If you are struggling to preserve your mental health this back-to-school season, check out the tips below!
Daily to-do lists go a long way
Oftentimes, we overwhelm ourselves because of everything we need to do. Now, the mistake lies in thinking we must do everything that day, and that’s now how it should be. Instead, write a realistic to-do list every day where the first three tasks have high priority, and the following three tasks are lower priority. This allows you to manage your time properly, and if you don’t get through the entire list, you know you can bump the lower priorities to the high priority part of the list the next day. Once you master this, you will feel calmer, hence aiding in your mental health.
Don’t strive for perfection
Another thing we need to remember is that we are not perfect, and neither is anything around us. So, let’s stop trying to have that picture-perfect idea of our family, and let’s learn to live the moment. Stains are part of life. Not getting the right color of the book bag happens, and not finding the best lunch box is also part of this season. However, remember that the next back-to-school season will come around in a blink of an eye.
One day at a time
Overall, we need to start learning how to take everything one day at a time. Our minds need to be healthy not only for ourselves but also for our families, and not taking care of it can have a negative domino effect. So, enjoy the chaos of the back-to-school season with your family and let it be whatever it needs to be!