So it’s that time of year again. Many people are preparing to go back to school – lots will have already started again already. You’re probably sick to death of back-to-school this and back-to-school that, but I thought I’d compile a quick list of handy tips and things to remember when you go back.
- Be prepared. Try to make sure that you’re ready – this includes being equipped with the correct supplies and knowing how you’re going to get there (eg by the 7:30 bus from xyz street). This will help you be less stressed on the first day and get off to a good start, which is always a good thing.
- Remember to eat breakfast (if you can). It’s understandable that some people can’t eat that early in the morning because it makes you feel sick, or that you don’t have access to breakfast (if this applies to you, why not try researching soup kitchens or the like near you when you can get some food in the morning?). It has long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (although there have recently been scientific studies to show otherwise, so we’re just going to ignore science for the moment). If you eat a good breakfast in the morning it will help set you up for the day and put you in a better mood. Also, I, personally, always find it harder to work when I’m hungry, as I’m concentrating on my stomach more than the matter at hand.
- Try to stay organised. It can be hard sometimes, but staying organised can help make your life much less stressful. Whether it’s having a planner/diary, a calendar stuck on your wall or a running to-do list, having some sort of organisational tool can really help to keep your life less hectic and stressful. This year, I’m going to try out a new system I discovered recently called Bullet Journaling. If you search it into Google or YouTube then you can easily find loads of information about it, but if you’d like a whole blog post from us about it, then let us know!
- Don’t let your work pile up. There’s nothing worse than having piles and piles of work to get done, and not much time to get it done it. To help combat this, try to get your work done as soon as possible after it’s set. Do your smaller assignments and homework the day it’s given to you, and plan out when you will work on your larger projects so you don’t end up leaving everything until the day before it’s due in and as a result staying up until the early hours of the morning trying to get it done on time.
- Try to figure out a regular sleeping schedule. Admit it, over the summer your sleeping schedule has probably gone a bit haywire. I know the feeling! But when you’re back at school sleeping irregular and short hours just isn’t going to help, as you don’t have the freedom to sleep whenever you want. For the next few months (until the next break) your days are going to be filled with school and work, so you need to figure out regular and consistent hours when you can get some good sleep. You can find a helpful article on how much sleep you should be getting each night here.
- Last, but not least, remember not to stress too much! At the end of the day, it’s just school, and nothing more than that. It’s perfectly okay if you need to take a step back, perhaps take a day off, and just have some time to yourself to relax and unwind. Especially if you suffer from things such as anxiety, school can be a very stressful place and can make you have a pretty hard time. I know it’s difficult, and I’m not trying to be patronising or insensitive, but just try to remember that it’s not that important in the long run, and you are allowed to just relax.
Anyway, that’s all I have for today! I hope you maybe found some of these tips useful? If you did, great!, and you didn’t, … oh well. Don’t forget you can contact us in a variety of ways, including Instagram and Tumblr, our messages our always open!