Setting up an electric kettle and an assortment of aromatic teas can be another opportunity to create a ritual to break up your day. While it may seem trivial to some, creating small moments for yourself can be pivotal in terms of breaking up your day.
When it comes to meals, it's important to stick to a schedule. It can be tempting to graze when you're home all day, but it's vital to create a routine so you don't glance up the clock, see it's 2:30 p.m. and realize you haven't eaten lunch. This is especially important if the family is home working together. "We have a strict rule of 'pencils down at noon,'" explains Buchanan, who preps lunch for her 5- and 8-year-old before enforcing an hour of chill-out time. "Not everyone thrives with a routine, but we find it helps us get through the day."
If you want to eat right, don't graze all day. Structure breaks throughout the day for eating complete meals — and try to make it to the table for dinner. If you snack, pass on the processed treats and turn instead to healthful, whole foods such as veggies and hummus, trail mix or apple slices with a dollop of peanut butter.