Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Coming back to school is very difficult after a two-and-a-half-week-long break. It sounds like torture. It is one of the hardest things to do as a student, especially trying to get back in your everyday groove. Here are some helpful tips to not become overly stressed and anxious in the weeks to come:

1. Try to get back into a healthy sleeping pattern:

Sleep is probably the most important thing you need. It helps calm your mind and helps you feel refreshed for the next few days. It’s important to try to sleep for at least 8 hours. You should go to bed at a reasonable hour instead of the absurd time you did during break, and get up at the same time every morning. Even if 8+ hours isn’t possible, try to settle down and turn off all electronics 30 minutes before actually trying to sleep. It’ll help to slow your mind from the stressful day.

2. Plan out the week:

Some teachers will post the week’s syllabus on Google Classroom or hand it out on the first day of the week, so try to plan out the amount of homework you will have everyday. It’ll help with time management and not let any one thing become too troublesome.

3. Don’t do too much at one time:

Remember, you can only do so much at once. Only take on as much as you feel comfortable with, because if you feel too overwhelmed, it’ll be counterproductive. When you actually try to sit down to do your work you won’t be able to focus. It’s important to do your homework, but not when you’re hurting yourself by having no time for anything else.

4. Carve out time to relax:

Constantly doing your work will not be as productive as you may think. Even 10 minute breaks will help you refocus. Get up and walk around your dorm room or even go outside. Every 45 minutes, take a few moments to regroup before continuing. You can even take some time to read a book for fun throughout the week, or draw, or even do a puzzle. Really take a step back and do something that doesn’t require any brain power.

5. Remember to socialize:

Go out and talk to your friends and family. It’s important that your whole life doesn’t revolve completely around sports and academics. Spending time with people is a great way to forget about all of your current obligations. Just talking about something pointless will help break up the monotony.

6. Go outside:

It’s important to spend some time outdoors. Even if there is 10 hours of homework waiting, just take a moment and soak up the beauty of nature. It’ll rejuvenate you and make it easier to get your work done. Don’t spend all your time cooped up indoors doing work because it won’t be as productive as you think.

7. Avoid Netflix:

It’s very important to avoid spending too much time watching Netflix throughout the week. Even if you only have a few episodes left in a season, don’t do it, because you’ll regret it later. It’ll be too distracting, but on the weekends feel free to binge all you want.

8. Try to get work done throughout the day:

Take advantage of your free blocks and conference blocks, because you can get a lot more done than you may think. Anything you can get done during the day is a little less you’ll have to do at night.

9. Ask for extensions:

Your teachers will understand if you’re feeling too stressed out by your work. They don’t want you to fail, so don’t be afraid to ask for a little extra time to finish an essay or study for a test. Remember, you can move one assessment if you have three or more scheduled for the same day.

10. Take a moment to just breathe or meditate before starting the day:

When getting up, think about what has to get done that day, but instead of getting all flustered take a moment and tell yourself that it’ll get done. If it doesn’t, then do it the next day. Try to take a few deep breaths once the alarm goes off before doing anything else.

I hope you had a great holiday, and that these tips were helpful for getting back in the groove. Just remember, it’s already the second semester; we’re almost there.

Coming back to school is very difficult after a two-and-a-half-week-long break. It sounds like torture. It is one of the hardest things to do as a student, especially trying to get back in your everyday groove. Here are some helpful tips to not become overly stressed and anxious in the weeks to come:

1. Try to get back into a healthy sleeping pattern:

Sleep is probably the most important thing you need. It helps calm your mind and helps you feel refreshed for the next few days. It’s important to try to sleep for at least 8 hours. You should go to bed at a reasonable hour instead of the absurd time you did during break, and get up at the same time every morning. Even if 8+ hours isn’t possible, try to settle down and turn off all electronics 30 minutes before actually trying to sleep. It’ll help to slow your mind from the stressful day.

2. Plan out the week:

Some teachers will post the week’s syllabus on Google Classroom or hand it out on the first day of the week, so try to plan out the amount of homework you will have everyday. It’ll help with time management and not let any one thing become too troublesome.

3. Don’t do too much at one time:

Remember, you can only do so much at once. Only take on as much as you feel comfortable with, because if you feel too overwhelmed, it’ll be counterproductive. When you actually try to sit down to do your work you won’t be able to focus. It’s important to do your homework, but not when you’re hurting yourself by having no time for anything else.

4. Carve out time to relax:

Constantly doing your work will not be as productive as you may think. Even 10 minute breaks will help you refocus. Get up and walk around your dorm room or even go outside. Every 45 minutes, take a few moments to regroup before continuing. You can even take some time to read a book for fun throughout the week, or draw, or even do a puzzle. Really take a step back and do something that doesn’t require any brain power.

5. Remember to socialize:

Go out and talk to your friends and family. It’s important that your whole life doesn’t revolve completely around sports and academics. Spending time with people is a great way to forget about all of your current obligations. Just talking about something pointless will help break up the monotony.

6. Go outside:

It’s important to spend some time outdoors. Even if there is 10 hours of homework waiting, just take a moment and soak up the beauty of nature. It’ll rejuvenate you and make it easier to get your work done. Don’t spend all your time cooped up indoors doing work because it won’t be as productive as you think.

7. Avoid Netflix:

It’s very important to avoid spending too much time watching Netflix throughout the week. Even if you only have a few episodes left in a season, don’t do it, because you’ll regret it later. It’ll be too distracting, but on the weekends feel free to binge all you want.

8. Try to get work done throughout the day:

Take advantage of your free blocks and conference blocks, because you can get a lot more done than you may think. Anything you can get done during the day is a little less you’ll have to do at night.

9. Ask for extensions:

Your teachers will understand if you’re feeling too stressed out by your work. They don’t want you to fail, so don’t be afraid to ask for a little extra time to finish an essay or study for a test. Remember, you can move one assessment if you have three or more scheduled for the same day.

10. Take a moment to just breathe or meditate before starting the day:

When getting up, think about what has to get done that day, but instead of getting all flustered take a moment and tell yourself that it’ll get done. If it doesn’t, then do it the next day. Try to take a few deep breaths once the alarm goes off before doing anything else.

I hope you had a great holiday, and that these tips were helpful for getting back in the groove. Just remember, it’s already the second semester; we’re almost there. 

(Copyright 2018 Emma Abbott)

Coming back to school is very difficult after a two-and-a-half-week-long break. It sounds like torture. It is one of the hardest things to do as a student, especially trying to get back in your everyday groove. Here are some helpful tips to not become overly stressed and anxious in the weeks to come:

1. Try to get back into a healthy sleeping pattern:

Sleep is probably the most important thing you need. It helps calm your mind and helps you feel refreshed for the next few days. It’s important to try to sleep for at least 8 hours. You should go to bed at a reasonable hour instead of the absurd time you did during break, and get up at the same time every morning. Even if 8+ hours isn’t possible, try to settle down and turn off all electronics 30 minutes before actually trying to sleep. It’ll help to slow your mind from the stressful day.

2. Plan out the week:

Some teachers will post the week’s syllabus on Google Classroom or hand it out on the first day of the week, so try to plan out the amount of homework you will have everyday. It’ll help with time management and not let any one thing become too troublesome.

3. Don’t do too much at one time:

Remember, you can only do so much at once. Only take on as much as you feel comfortable with, because if you feel too overwhelmed, it’ll be counterproductive. When you actually try to sit down to do your work you won’t be able to focus. It’s important to do your homework, but not when you’re hurting yourself by having no time for anything else.

4. Carve out time to relax:

Constantly doing your work will not be as productive as you may think. Even 10 minute breaks will help you refocus. Get up and walk around your dorm room or even go outside. Every 45 minutes, take a few moments to regroup before continuing. You can even take some time to read a book for fun throughout the week, or draw, or even do a puzzle. Really take a step back and do something that doesn’t require any brain power.

5. Remember to socialize:

Go out and talk to your friends and family. It’s important that your whole life doesn’t revolve completely around sports and academics. Spending time with people is a great way to forget about all of your current obligations. Just talking about something pointless will help break up the monotony.

6. Go outside:

It’s important to spend some time outdoors. Even if there is 10 hours of homework waiting, just take a moment and soak up the beauty of nature. It’ll rejuvenate you and make it easier to get your work done. Don’t spend all your time cooped up indoors doing work because it won’t be as productive as you think.

7. Avoid Netflix:

It’s very important to avoid spending too much time watching Netflix throughout the week. Even if you only have a few episodes left in a season, don’t do it, because you’ll regret it later. It’ll be too distracting, but on the weekends feel free to binge all you want.

8. Try to get work done throughout the day:

Take advantage of your free blocks and conference blocks, because you can get a lot more done than you may think. Anything you can get done during the day is a little less you’ll have to do at night.

9. Ask for extensions:

Your teachers will understand if you’re feeling too stressed out by your work. They don’t want you to fail, so don’t be afraid to ask for a little extra time to finish an essay or study for a test. Remember, you can move one assessment if you have three or more scheduled for the same day.

10. Take a moment to just breathe or meditate before starting the day:

When getting up, think about what has to get done that day, but instead of getting all flustered take a moment and tell yourself that it’ll get done. If it doesn’t, then do it the next day. Try to take a few deep breaths once the alarm goes off before doing anything else.

I hope you had a great holiday, and that these tips were helpful for getting back in the groove. Just remember, it’s already the second semester; we’re almost there.