Winter break is over and the daily routine of student life is back in full swing, but I’m still finding myself struggling to get out of bed in the mornings. Here’s how I help myself adjust to going back to college after a few weeks off.
After time off it can be really difficult trying to force yourself out of bed in the mornings – you get used to being able to set your own schedule and being able to take breaks when you feel like it. But now outside factors are dictating what time you need to get up and leave and when you can take breaks, it’s hard. Unfortunately there’s no trial period where you can show up later for the first few weeks or take a break in the middle of class, instead you get thrown straight in at the deep end and have to re-adjust in the blink of an eye. Here are a few things you can do to help ease the transition from holiday season to term time.
First of all make sure you begin preparing to get back into routine a few days before the start of term, this includes doing things such as stocking up on school supplies and gradually returning to a normal sleep schedule. The last thing you want is to be going to sleep at two am and then realising you have to get up at eight am the next day – it just isn’t practical and falling asleep in your first class of the term really isn’t a great start. If you usually have a morning alarm begin setting it again two-three days early so that it’s not a horrible shock on the first day back. Check in advance what lessons you’ve got on the first day and pack your bag as early as possible, it will help relieve some of that back to school stress, and is vital if you’re starting back in the middle of a week – as you’ll likely be disorientated from the get go! Investing in a watch is also a great idea to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.
Next, either physically or mentally, make a note of your goals and aspirations, it will help get you in the right mindset for the upcoming term and will serve as a remember for why you have to get up at eight am and what you are working towards achieving by doing it. If you often need a pick me-up in the early weeks of term, try pinning the list on the fridge or to the home screen of your phone so you can check it regularly and get a boost. To make it stand out even more add some images/doodles. Also remind yourself that, although in first world countries we often forget, an education is a privilege that many around the world dream of being afforded.
Contact your friends and arrange to meet up at some point during the first day, if it’s been a long holiday the chances are you haven’t seem them in a while and a good catch up can help beat the blues away. Take the time to listen to what they have to say, rather than doing all the talking yourself, it can be very relaxing to hear someone you care about talk enthusiastically about what they’ve been up to. Plus it will help you take your mind off the challenge of going back to school.
Eat healthily, you will look and feel better for it – if you indulge in too many sugary foods your mood will be low and the chances are you’ll break out in spots; which isn’t going to help you feel refreshed and confident for the term ahead. Swap out those sugary treats with the treat of trying a new fruit, such as starfruit or dragon fruit, you may end up finding your new favourite and you’ll be helping your taste buds to expand their repertoire – which is never a bad thing.
The most important thing is to enjoy it whilst it lasts – we won’t be at school forever so we may as well make the most of it before we are spat out into the real world. This term I’m going to try and jot down the good things that happen each week in a notebook so I can keep looking back and remind myself of the fun and good fortune I’ve had, why don’t you join me?
Do you have any tips on how to beat the back to school blues?