All over Israel, parents and kids are scrambling to get themselves back into some sort of a structured routine while looking for anything or anyone who can help them get their sheeze together, and keep it together, while making it through these next 8 weeks until Chanuka vacation (evil laugh).

Now with the kids finally back in school there are no more excuses for postponing things until after the Chagim, because as you may have noticed, the Chagim are over.

So how do we jump back on the bandwagon of “real” life without breaking a leg in the process? Here are some of my personal favorites on how to keep your sheeze together in our otherwise hectic day-to-day lives:

If you need someone: tag them


Facebook is our version of the modern day bat-signal. If you are trying to track someone down unsuccessfully, whether it’s for carpool, to ask a question or just to say hi then tag them on Facebook.

Note: this only works for people under the age of 80. If you are looking for your grandmother, just call her home phone, for God’s sake, since she doesn’t have a cell phone or try sending her a Hallmark card in the mail that says, “Grandma I love you, please call.”

Don’t jeopardize your exercise regimen

Go to sleep early and make sure you don’t get burnout. I know, easier said than done but, even so, try not to eat heavy meals or hot peppers at night if you are planning on exercising in the morning. And for God’s sake, don’t make drastic changes to your exercise regimen just because you feel like a blob after all the eating during the Chagim.

Go easy on yourself and make it work.

We are not like fine wine

Unlike fine wine, we don’t get better with age, we just get bitter and chunky. So take it easy. Aging is not gradual, it’s incremental. Just because you think you could do all of the house maintenance by yourself 6 months ago, doesn’t mean you can still do it today. Hire a gardener or handyman. You are still the master of your domain. I promise.

Live vicariously through other people

If you are too tired to go out and have fun that’s ok too. That’s what reality TV and Facebook is for. At the end of a hard day, nothing takes the pressure off and allows you some much needed R&R like living vicariously through other people’s personal experiences.

The real trick is to find that delicate balance between your virtual life (Cool! A cake decorated to look like a baseball diamond! Zzzzz.) and your real life (Must. Burn. Calories. Running.)

Make sure to feel the love

No Mr. Taxi driver. Not from you.

No, Felafel maker. Not from you.

No, store owner who just ripped me off during my last purchase. Not you.

Yes, Mom and Dad! You!

Sleep on it

The world will still be here tomorrow, and although many people would have you believe that you shouldn’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, they have it all wrong.

Don’t do today, what you can put off until tomorrow.

Now go to sleep because, after all, tomorrow is another day.