Speaker 1: Now back to school season can put a lot of stress on the entire family. And of course, this year that may be doubly true here to share her top five tips to be prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically for the new school year as Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice. Hey, Dr. Erica, how you.
Speaker 2: Hi, I’m doing very well. Thank you for asking.
Speaker 1: Good. Okay, so I’m getting my kid ready for school. I’m getting ready as a professor. So what’s the first tip that you have for us?
Speaker 2: So the first tip is to get that schedule going. You really wanna maintain the schedule. So August is a perfect time to start that because you don’t wanna go for like a light switch on and off. You really wanna ease them into those kind of long summer days into more structured fall school schedules.
Speaker 1: Okay, good. And then the next one is about healthy boundaries. Can you explain what that.
Speaker 2: Yes. And there’s definitely a lot more restrictions going on into the new year, and so we really wanna start to teach our kids about healthy boundaries. Meaning that if there are certain rules or certain regulations, our children are watching us. And so it’s really important that we have healthy boundaries if we. Hey, no television after a certain time, we really need to enforce that in the home just so that it also teaches them security, safety, and they feel, more complete as they move into the new school year.
Speaker 1: Yeah, okay. That’s where I fail sometimes cuz I’m like, oh yeah, I forgot. But the next one I do because, I need to give myself grace for those moments.
Speaker 2: Exactly. I think also too, just with everything going on in the world, I recently spoke at a school board meeting that was very heated. We also have to understand that our children are watching us.
So whatever we believe to be true, we really wanna make sure that we not only have grace with ourselves, but we also have grace with other people because we’re all in. Stressful environment right now. There’s a lot of different things that are changing every single day, so the more that we can just relax into it, nice wsa, breathe into it, the more grace we can have for both ourselves as well as each other is incredibly important as we go into the school year.
Speaker 1: That one is my favorite so far. Okay. Finding a balance between everyth.
Speaker 2: Yes. And so of course we have work, we have school, we have family time, and so that’s where that schedule comes in handy. That’s where the balance comes in handy. So really ensuring that, you’re balancing all of these things.
You’re not putting too much in one bucket. I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve been an entrepreneur even when my daughter was in school, and so I always had to try to. Oh yeah, that’s right. We need to spend some quality time together. We need to work on school. So having that structure and maintaining that balance is really important.
And also too, number one, self-care. If you don’t put your oxygen mask on first, forget it. Yeah, you won’t be able to be available for anybody else.
Speaker 1: I call my Mater day, which is mother daughter day. So just had a modern day. Now this next one is about protein. I’m surprised to see.
Speaker 2: So physically our body runs off of protein, and so if we’re concerned about our immune system, we’re concerned about our overall health. We really want protein, but also protein stabilizes blood glucose. So if we’re eating enough protein and our diet, which unfortunately most people don’t, our blood sugar stays stable, which I don’t know if you have this issue, but if my blood sugar drops, I get a little hang. Grace goes out the window.
I’m totally frustrated with myself as well as the world, and so I really wanted to include the protein because I think a lot of people don’t think in terms of protein when it comes to quality nutrition.
Speaker 1: I get hangry. Okay. And now you have an immune support bundle. Tell me a little bit about that.
Speaker 2: We do well definitely with the school year. We’ve got a lot of germs running around and so wanting to make sure that parents really feel supported as they go into the school year and really looking at the preventative measures that we can do. So we do have the one that includes some nutraceuticals, some homeopaths as well, so that you can, load your medicine cabinet going into the school year. And of course, Standard sanitizer is incredible to use as well.
Speaker 1: All right, Dr. Erica Steele, that’s how you can get in touch with her. Thank you so much for being with us today.
Speaker 2: Thank you, April. Have an amazing day. You.