Tips for back to school

Whether we like it or not, back to school season is right around the corner. With this usually comes late nights and early mornings…which can be a hassle. Over the years I've developed some tips that helped me survive the typically unwelcomed  school year.

  1. Plan and prepare your meals in advance- if you prepare your own school lunches like I do then I strongly suggest cooking and packaging your lunches the night before. This also goes for breakfast. Overnight oats is a great breakfast option that you can grab on your way out the door and is easy to prepare the night before. This will help save time in the morning, giving you a few extra minutes of sleep…which we all need.

2. Get a planner- I am that person who write notes and important dates anywhere I can, whether it be on a post-it or on my hand, and typically forget where I made the note…or even lose it. It’s a horrible habit but getting a planner can help solve this. My planner is my life saver. Having one specific place to keep track of any and every important detail helps keep me organised and prepared. Get one that’s small enough to take around with you to classes. You won’t regret it.

3. Eat foods that will give you energy- if you have trouble staying up late like I do then you may be quick to drink lots of coffee when studying at night. Caffeine and sugar may give you energy quickly, but will leave you feeling more tired than before after a while. Instead, there are certain foods that you can eat that will naturally boost your energy:

  • Almonds
  • Sweet potato
  • Dark chocolate
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Whole grains

These foods can also be eaten as a snack throughout the day or even for lunch to help beat that afternoon fatigue.

4. Reward yourself- set short term goals like completing an assignment, and reward yourself when you’ve achieved them. This will help you to stay motivated and encourage you to get work done.

5. Create a routine- this may be difficult at first, but going to bed around the same time every night and waking up around the same time every morning can help get your body in a routine. This will make waking up in the morning easier and less of a struggle.

6. Create a study schedule- doing this at the beginning of the school year can help you to stay organised and on top of your work throughout the year (once you stick to it).

7. Find ways to de-stress- find a method of de-stressing that works for you. Whether it’s in the form of yoga, an anti-stress colour book or listening to music, it’s important to something that will help you to unwind and de-stress during the school year.

I hope these tips help you in the upcoming back to school season. Feel free to share any tips of your own in the comments 🙂

-Mikayla

 

 

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