After many weeks of taking care of your family, you’ve now finally got the time to take care of yourself. Naturopath Stephen Eddey looks at the best ways to make the most of your time, and health, now that the kids are back at school.

1. Cut down on your stress

School holidays are great fun, but can be a time of stress, with the constant demands for attention, day trips, treats, and play dates. If you feel that your stress levels have suffered during the past few months, it’s important to introduce some mindfulness and stress-relieving activities, such as yoga, walking, and meditation into your day.

2.Increase your energy levels

Giving your attention and focus to your children is what Mums do, but it can deplete your own energy levels. Make sure that you’re eating regular, well-balanced meals, filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, fibre and protein, and keeping hydrated, while limiting junk food and especially sugars. Aim to drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day, and cut down on your alcohol intake too. Make a rule (and stick to it) that you won’t drink alcohol during the week. You’ll find that you’ll sleep better, have more energy, and will feel less stressed.

3.Cut down on the sugar

Sugar can be hiding in the most innocent of foods, so try to check the labels of anything packaged, and cook from scratch as much as possible. Again, your energy levels, and waistline will thank you.

4.Wind it down

Stress, overexertion, lack of sleep or starting a new exercise regime may cause lethargy. Make sure you go to bed at regular times (and you get up at the same time every day), keep the mobile devices out of the bedroom too, so that you’re not tempted to stay up late scrolling. Introduce an evening routine of a warm bath, with essential oils such as lavender or chamomile, or magnesium salts, which are good for muscle repair, dim the lights and let your mind drift.

5.Be smart about supplements

Even if you’re eating well, there may be times that you need extra nutrients. Antioxidants such as Ubiquinol are vital for energy production and the repairing of cells, helping to reduce inflammation caused by free-radical release during exercise. Although naturally produced in the body, Ubiquinol levels decline as we age, so it’s worth a daily supplement to help assist with enhanced physical performance, reduced fatigue and improvement in muscle repair.

Speak to your healthcare practitioner to find out which supplement is right for you. Always read the label and use only as directed.