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Tips for Relieving Back-to-School Stress

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Are you ready for Back to School? I am a bit stressed about all of the things I need to get ready. I want to make sure the entire family feels prepared without too much stress. With some inspiration from the folks at Emergen-C and ChapStick, I did some research about how to minimize back to school stress and came up with these tips.


Tips for Relieving Back to School Stress

Stay Positive

Your attitude as a parent is very influential as to how your children feel about returning to school. Let them know that it’s OK to feel a little nervous, but that you are excited about all of the fun things they will get to do. Reminisce about what went well last year and the potential for new experiences and growth in the coming year.

Create Fun Traditions

We like to create special memories of the first day of school. I always take a photo as the kids head out the door. We have a special celebration that night with a family dinner at our favorite restaurant. We chat about how the day went and if they have any questions or concerns.


Knowing that this time of year often comes with the germs that the kids bring home from school, I started a new tradition for me. I came up with a Back to School Smoothie recipe using Emergen-C and other healthy ingredients like fresh berries and almond milk.


Emergen-C is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants†, electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.* It’s a great way to kickstart my day.

Berry Back-to School-Smoothie


  • 1 packets of Emergen-C Raspberry vitamin drink mix
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cups of ice (crushed or cubed)



Blend all ingredients on high speed. Pour into a fancy glass (why not have fun with it, right?). Enjoy immediately. No one likes a melted smoothie.


I’m dreaming of taking a few sips after sending the kids off to school. Ah, so refreshing!

Keep your family active

Exercise is a great way to help get rid of nervous energy. We typically take an active vacation the week before school starts. This helps everyone focus on having fun. The energy we expend each day also helps the kids transition to falling asleep earlier to get back to regular school bedtimes. Then we can get up early to hit the hiking trails or take a bike ride. This helps their bodies get used to “school year” bed and wake times before school starts.


Get Organized

Start shopping for school supplies early. Last year I made the mistake of waiting too long and many supplies were sold out. This year, I’ve already started shopping. One of the items my kids really needed last year was lip balm. The weather gets cold quickly in New England and my kids lips get dry and cracked. I made sure to get both my son and daughter some ChapStick to keep in their lunch bags. It’s important to me that ChapStick softens and protects lips every day with 11 moisturizing ingredients and SPF 12 provides UVB protection. The hydrating formula contains aloe and vitamin E.


Designate “Homework” Time

Some schools assign homework over the summer. We are lucky that it’s not too much. Typically my kids are finished with these assignments by the middle of the summer. Through the rest of the summer, we make sure to keep a designated “homework” time for reading, journaling, etc. It’s a way for the kids to keep the idea of homework in their schedules so that it’s not too challenging when they return to school.


I love how easy it is to find everything I need (including Emergen-C and ChapStick) at Walmart. Emergen-C is located in the vitamin aisle. It comes in more than 20 great flavors. I decided to try the raspberry, but it also comes in orange, tangerine, cranberry and pomegranate, tropical, lemon and lime, acai berry, pink lemonade, coconut and pineapple, strawberry and kiwi, berry bliss and lemon. Wow! Get $2.00 off Emergen-C here!

Tips for Relieving Back-to-School Stress

ChapStick also has a wide variety of choices. I selected Classic Strawberry for my daughter and Classic Original for my son. He’s not big on the fruity flavors. You can find ChapStick in the Lip Care aisle. Get $.50 off ChapStick here!

Make Back-to-School a bit more enjoyable for the entire family.
What tips do you have to make this time of year less stressful? 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  1. Great tips! I know how it can be when its that time. That emergen-c smoothie looks super delicious!

  2. It is great to get some tips for relieving back to school stress. It can be a stressful time for all concerned, parents, teachers and students..

  3. It is great to get some tips for relieving back to school stress. It can be a stressful time for all concerned, parents, teachers and students.

  4. natasha Lamoreux says:

    I have already started my kids on emergen c because as soon as they get back to school they are bringing germs home and getting sick. Emergen C boosts their immune system and keeps them healthier.

  5. Autumn Reo says:

    This is a super idea! Seems so obvious but it really makes it great for kids (and parents) to get that Vitamin C!

  6. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This year has been more stressful getting my kids ready to go off to school. My Daughter is moving 7 hours away for University.

  7. Lisa Bristol says:

    We try to stick to a routine during the summer. It really helps the kids get back into the swing of things when school starts again. I love the idea of a smoothie with Emergen-C in it.

  8. gingermommyrants says:

    I try to get ready for the kids going back to school all summer. We pick up items when we see a good deal. It helps to reduce the stress at the end of the summer.

  9. Tammi Roy says:

    I need to try the smoothie recipe using Emergen-C. It would be a great way to boost your system.

  10. Alicia says:

    These are great tips. I especially love that homework one. I know my kids are going to give me a hard time about doing homework again so I should have kept that time during these summer months.

  11. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    Back to school time is fast approaching! We always try to have a positive attitude when we go into the school year. It definitely makes things go faster.

  12. janis says:

    Some of those raspberry drinks look great. My kids have been pretty stressed recently about school, so this is actually really helpful, thank you!

  13. I love the back to school frenzy! These are great products. I love packing up backpacks!

  14. Back to school is here – crazy!! Thanks for these tips – I need to get these products and have them on hand!

  15. Really, getting organized is the most stress relief that you can get. I think that organization is the best thing that you can do, really. I love organization and I feel so much better when everything is organized.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Your Berry Back-to School-Smoothie sounds like a great way to start off the new school year! I never thought to add Emergen-C mix to a smoothie – genius! (client)

  17. Lena B says:

    Dear, your daughter is growing up so fast and Emergen-c is my best friend lately with all the viruses

  18. Amy says:

    I love using Emergen-C products. They are so tasty and are so easy to add to recipes like smoothies.

  19. These are great tips! School starts next week and I’m starting to get stressed. I need to stock up on all of this!

  20. Sherry says:

    I always make sure my son has chapstick in his school bag. I will have to try some of these other tips though. That time of year does get stressful.

  21. Stacie says:

    It’s hard to believe that school is starting soon. These are all great tips. I really like your first day tradition.

  22. Jeanette says:

    I cannot even believe that it’s that time year already. There’s always some stress that comes with it! I will remember some of the tips that you put in here.

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