7 Tips to beat the back to school blues
Today’s the day that you may (or may not – good on you!) have been dreading! It’s September, so that means: back to school! Oh, how time flies by nowadays.
The Summer of 2017 in the UK was a roller coaster journey for us. I mean, it was extremely hot in May/June and then turned into lord only knows what, ugh. What a disappointment, but then again, living in the UK, you learn to not have high expectations when it comes to the weather – sometimes you just can’t help it though, right?
On a better note, it is a new month, a new academic year – a fresh start! Here are 7 tips to help you make the most of the new academic year – don’t worry, we know you’ll ace it!
- Routine: Try your best to set up a routine for your morning (and the night before). I have found that sleeping earlier, the night before, actually makes it easier to wake up the next morning. You know the saying: “the early bird catches the worm”, as cliché as it is, it actually makes perfect sense. The earlier you go to bed, the earlier you will wake up and the better your day will be because you won’t be sleepless and agitated.
- Prepare from the night before: Following on from the previous tip, this actually makes everything SO much easier, trust me! Get your school bag ready the night before. Get your lunch ready the night before and put it in the fridge ready to grab and go in the morning. Make sure your clothes are ready from the night before: shirt ironed? Check. Skirt/trousers clean? Check. Socks clean and matching pairs? Check. Time saved=more sleep!
- School supplies: You knew this was coming! How many times, year after year, have we bought brand new beautiful school supplies – but never actually got around to using them? Go on admit it, you know it’s true. The list of school supplies is endless, and I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person to buy literally everything that looks pretty – “oh that new sparkly pen – that I will probably never use – looks pretty, I’ll get that”, or “oh how about 4 packs of pencils, rubbers and crayons – just in case!” Sound familiar? This may seem daunting but if you have a plan, you can overcome this. Realistically, all you really need is:
1 school bag (big enough to fit all of your books and school supplies)
1 pencil case
- Your teachers are your heroes: I know what you’re thinking, but believe it or not, teachers are your heroes. They are there to teach you, to help you, to support you. Don’t be afraid to talk to them if you need help – whether it be with homework, bullying, or anything else.
- Don’t give in to peer pressure: This is something I wish I knew when I was in school. I know you hear it all the time: be yourself, but it is really important to do just that, being yourself. Honestly, it isn’t the end of the world if you aren’t friends with everyone. Do not do anything that you do not feel comfortable doing, just to fit in. Believe me, people will respect you so much more if you do your own thing and don’t follow the crowd. It takes a lot of courage to be comfortable in your own skin, to be your own person, and follow your own dreams, but it is so worth it, and will boost your confidence – actually making you the cool one.
- Don’t waste your weekends: It might not seem relevant now, but down the line you will be glad you read this. Sure, it’s fun to go to parties every weekend with your mates, but it may do more damage to you later on down the line in terms of your mental health. When it comes to exam period, and all you’ve been doing is stuffing your face and partying all weekend, how do you expect to pass those exams without revising? Sure, you could be that lucky one person in the class, you know the one i’m talking about, who never revises and always manages to still pass their exams. If you’re that person – good on you! – but chances are, that’s very unlikely to happy to you. So use your weekends wisely, spend 5 minutes to remember/learn something new. Go exploring, discover somewhere new and meet new people. Most importantly, get that homework done! Your future self will thank you!
- Take care of yourself: Breathe. This is so important! Make sure you take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. When you’re feeling stressed, take a minute to pause and just breathe, you can also listen to some music or doodle on paper – whatever helps you to calm down. Make sure to get your full 8 hours of sleep. You’ll do great!
Follow these tips and you will ace this year, guaranteed! Good luck!