kids waving from a school bus

The new school year may be in full swing, but transitioning from the free-spirited summer back to a rigid school schedule is no easy task. It’s especially challenging for those living with chronic illness. So if you’re having trouble making the back-to-school switch, these tips might help.

1. Put your health first.

There’s a reason why airline safety videos advise you to put your oxygen mask on yourself before helping others. In order to take care of the people you love, you must take care of yourself first. That means keeping up with doctor appointments, medication, appropriate exercise and/or stretching, hydration, sleep and hygiene.

2. Assemble your support team.

Think of it as choosing your own league of superheroes. Reach out to other parents and coordinate a carpool. Ask trusted neighbors if they’d be open to babysitting in an emergency. Contact the school about any challenges that concern you. Above all, engage your loved ones. Talk to your partner, grandparent, sibling or friend and let them help. They want to be there for you.