As summer winds down, we begin thinking about and preparing for what's next. Mothers prepare children to get back on a school schedule, young men and women pack suitcases and reconnect with friends as they head back to college for the fall semester, and those of us in the working world adjust our schedules to accommodate busier commutes to our jobs. Everyone makes their way through transitional seasons, and as we approach the beginning of a new school year, it reminds us of our need for consistency. Keeping just a few things constant in the midst of transition incorporates a sense of calm in each day, regardless of the changes happening around you. We hope these five tips are helpful for you, whatever your season holds.
5 ways to create consistency in the midst of transition
1. Have a fixed dinner time at home once a week.
2. Define your morning routine.
4. Accept the fact that change is natural, and it is good.
5. Decide what makes you feel at home, and indulge in it at the end of the day.
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