Tips to Help Transition Back to School
By Gina M. Mullis/INDLS Stride Career Prep Success Coach
Going back to school doesn’t have to be a bummer, even though you are saying goodbye to summer fun. In fact, it can be a smooth transition, and even a relief to be back in a solid routine. But, if you are having trouble getting into the swing of things, check out the tips below.
Focus on the Positives as You Go Back to School
Take some time to reflect on things you did this summer that made you happy. What was your favorite part of summer break? Did you accomplish anything you are proud of? Did you visit with anyone special? Focusing on the positives of your time away from school will bring you joy, and that is a great way to start the school year. And, Stride Career Prep has an excellent article available, too, for those who are looking to utilize mindfulness as an aid.
Get Organized About Going Back to School
Take some time before school begins to prepare. Try re-arranging your workspace so it feels fresh. Organize your space so that it is clean and de-cluttered. If you don’t have a calendar or planner, you can download one from the K12 Stride social media pages. You should have your computer charged, and ready to go. Arrange your books and materials in your workspace, too.
Sleep, Structure, Stress
One of the most important things you can do to prepare to go back to school is get back on track with the three crucial ‘S’ words: Sleep, Structure, and Stress. Slowly ease back into a school-appropriate sleep schedule. Also, getting back to a structured routine even before school starts will help your mind and body acclimate. Setting timers on your phone for various tasks throughout your day can help. And, it can also be important to start incorporating stress management tactics into your routine now. Whatever you do to remain calm, whether it is deep breathing, listening to music, or reading a book, start scheduling it into your daily routine now.
Review and Reach Out as You Go Back to School
Whether you attend a virtual school or a brick-and-mortar one, reviewing your class schedule early is a great way to eliminate unnecessary stress. Likewise, it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to your teachers, or other staff you will be working with this semester, to say hello.
Your mindset is what will drive you down a path of positivity towards an exciting new school year. Focus on the freshness of going back to school and the opportunities that brings!
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