• Hana Kovac

How To Survive the 'Rentrée'*

If you live in France, you probably know the expression 'rentrée'. This simple expression looks at you from every shopping window and you can hardly avoid the ads for back to school supplies, the best back to school clothing, the best shoes, the list goes on and on. Now, this is not going to be a shopping list, I'd rather address the stress involved and give you some tips how to survive the back to school madness.

Causes of Back to School Stress

You don't even finish your breakfast and you have to rush out the door with whining kids clinging to your legs, you organize the thoughts in your head, so you don't forget to put that book, that bottle of water, that snack into your child's bag, oh yes, and then there is that dress which you forgot to wash and you desperately wanted to wear it tomorrow, and your husband asks if you paid the bill yesterday and that is only the morning. Hey, and what's for dinner?

Does it sound familiar?

Nowadays, we all have to deal with too much stress and unfortunately, kids go through the same level of stress as we do. Chronic stress is the major cause of chronic disease and therefore, the stress reduction should become our main focus. Moreover, stress reduction remedies and techniques should not only be thought at school, but there should be similar workshops at companies as well. Alas, as schools focus mainly on achievement and companies focus on profit, it will be a long path.

Reducing Stress with Natural Remedies and Techniques

Fortunately, there are many ways how to reduce our stress level on a daily basis. Below, I am offering some tips how to survive the back to school stress.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are powerful and potent substances. Make sure you dose them properly. Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Bitter Orange/Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium), Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) are all soothing and calming to the nervous system. You can diffuse them or make a calming blend diluted in a carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of your feet before you go to bed. All these oils are perfectly safe with small kids so don't be afraid to use them. If you prefer to use floral waters instead, dilute a small amount of lemon balm or chamomile floral water in your water bottle.

Herbal Medicine

The nature in its infinite wisdom provides us with just the right remedies to calm and soothe our stressed minds. Rosemary Gladstar, a renowned herbal teacher, offers this nerve tonic formula in her book 'Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health'. If you love herbal medicine as much as I do, you should definitely get a copy.

Nerve Tonic Formula

3 parts lemon balm

1 part chamomile

1 part oats

1/2 part chrysanthemum flowers

1/2 part rose petals

1/4 part lavender flowers

Prepare as an infusion and drink 1 cup three or four times daily. If you don't have chrysanthemum flowers or oats, use at least the combination of lemon balm, lavender, chamomile and rose petals. Drinking even lemon balm is calming and you should have a pot or two of this wonderful plant at home.

Contact with Nature

Nature is us and we are nature. Although we often forget it in our over stressed world, nature has therapeutic effect on adults and kids alike. It makes me sad to hear that sound of singing birds is now used as a therapy in therapeutic centers for anxious children. Why the heck did not kids spent time in nature in the first place? Go out to nature, spend time in the forest, practice gardening, hug trees if you must :)

Yoga and Meditation

Although there are many techniques to calm the nervous mind, yoga is my 'chouchou' as I practice it for a decade already. Any exercise is good but it should be practiced in a calm environment or in nature, not in overcrowded gyms. Teach kids how to meditate, they are so willing to do it to calm their minds after a ruff day at school.

I hope these tips help you to survive the back to school stress. Let me know what do you do to soothe your nerves.

* Back to school

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