Bounce Back Into Your School Routine
One of the keys to adjusting to a new school year is getting your routines on point. It might seem hard to get back into the habit of attending class, meeting deadlines, and studying for exams after months of freedom during summer break, but we’ve got your back with a few tips to help you get in to healthy routines.
1.Get your bedtime and wake-up time locked down
Good, restful sleep is the foundation of a successful day at school. Do you need 8 hours of sleep to wake up energized and ready to learn? Or 10? Try to hone in on how many hours your body needs, and orient your bedtime and wake-up schedule around that number.
2.Set aside a chunk of time after school for studying/homework
Making a habit of getting all your schoolwork done during a specific time after school is the best way to make sure you don’t put it off or forget about it. Get a feel for what kind of schedule works best for you—maybe you’re the “get my work done as soon as I get home so I can relax and hang out all night” type, or you might be the kind of person who focuses best at night after everything quiets down. Just don’t stay up too late, as it might affect your ability to get your work done, and stick to your sleep schedule.
3.Give daily meditation a try
Everyone knows school is stressful, but what are you doing to alleviate that stress? Try this super simple guide to meditation:
- Close your eyes and sit up with your back straight
- Focus all of your mental and physical energy on your breathing. Try to be present.
- Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth
- If you find yourself thinking about something other than your breathing, don’t get frustrated, just acknowledge those thoughts and re-focus on your breathing
4. Make a morning to-do list
Your check list can be extremely simple. The purpose is to make sure you don’t forget anything as you leave for school. Here’s an example list:
✔Put on your clothes
✔Brush your teeth
✔Pack your backpack with paper, pencils, binders, homework, all the books you may need for classes, and lunch (if you bring lunch)
✔ Wallet, keys, phone + charger