Are You Ready for Back to School?

It is that time of year again; it is usually in August when the commercials, flyers, and stores start to advertise for…back to school. With that in mind this month, that is what I will be focusing on, various topics to help with the transition. I will be writing about going back to school for young children, going off to college or university, and mental health with the upcoming school year. To start, I thought I would talk about back to school preparation.

When August 1st comes around each year, my mind frame goes to time to get ready for school again. I no longer attend school, but I vividly remember the hustle and busyness of having to do research, write papers, and studying for tests/exams. So, are you ready for back to school?

The first thing I suggest is making a to-do list. Write down what you want to have accomplished before the first day of school. It can be anything to getting another weekend of camping in, to get through your summer reading list. Anything that will help keep you from scrambling a week before school begins.

If the school doesn’t provide one, make a list of school supplies that you will need for your classes. When the list is complete than either go on the internet or with a flyer, find what store has your items at a reasonable price. Save money where you can.

Designate a school/homework area in your home. Having a space set aside that you can go to and work at that has everything you need helps keep you in the study mind frame.

When school is out, our sleep schedules are all over. Sleeping in and late nights become the habit. So, it is not as hard to do when the alarm comes back into the picture, start a sleep routine no later than two weeks before the first day of school. Go to bed a reasonable hour – before midnight – and get up at the same time each day. It does not have to be the early school start, maybe around 8 or 9 in the morning. Pick a time that so when the early mornings do begin, it is not a shock to the system and harder to do.

This, I found to be extremely helpful where I was busy with school, homework, work, family, and whatever else comes up — meal prep. Sundays I would plan all three of the meals out for the week and make some of them for the fridge and freezer. Doing this saved quite a bit of time during the week.

The one thing to remember is to do what you can the night before. Layout your clothes have the book bag, and lunches packed, whatever you can. It does save stress when you are running around to get yourself and everyone else ready for the day.

I hope those suggestions help, happy learning!

Until next time!

Sarah Wylde

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