Are you trying to recover from the “Back to School” Blues?
Going back to school after a nice long summer vacation is often demotivating or even depressing for some students. You feel like summer just started and it’s already over. While your mind is still in the vacation mode, you are physically sitting in the classroom with a hand full of textbooks and a completely packed schedule. The good news is there are some things you can do right away to get yourself out of the blues and put yourself back on track.
Clean Up Your Desk
If you still have the magazines, video games, or any other distracting items left from your summer vacation on your desk, put those away. Cleaning up your files and shelves, and reorganizing your desk for a new look are great ways to get a fresh start. Having a clean and well-organized workstation can motivate you to focus on studying again.
Organize Your Binder
After getting your binder for the new school year, make sure you also have the dividers and hole-puncher ready. Having an organized binder allows you to quickly look for notes or papers you need for your classes. It can reduce your frustration of not being able to find what you need. Also, you should create a filing system at home to organize your homework, notes, and other papers that you don’t need to carry around every day.
Join School Activities
One of the reasons why students have “Back to School” blues is the misperception that the fun time is gone, but that’s not true. Many high school clubs organize activities that are interesting and fun. By joining school clubs, you can meet new friends and develop skills in communication and teamwork. Also, studies have shown that extracurricular activities are great tools to help students relieve stress and build confidence and self-esteem, which are important aspects in balancing busy school life.
Study With Your Friends
Trust me; you are not the only one who is feeling the blues. Your friends or classmates are probably feeling the same way. You may take the initiative to create a study group with a few others. A study group, if organized well, is an excellent support system to keep the studying spirits and motivation going. You can help each other with understanding the materials more efficiently and building positive atmosphere to make studying more enjoyable.
Plan Your Weekend
Going back to school doesn’t mean you need to leave all the fun behind. In fact, the transition can be better managed if you plan some relaxation times for the weekend. Catching a movie, going on a bike ride, or exercising with your friends are some great ways to balance your stressful week. Having weekend plans that you look forward to will make it easier for you to get through the weekdays.
Ready to get out of the “Back to School” blues?
We hope these five tips can help you recover from the “Back to School” Blues. The main purpose is to help you switch focus and redirect your energy so you can better prepare for the new school year ahead. Instead of looking back, go get a piece of paper and write down what you want to accomplish in the coming year. By having some goals in mind, you can easily overcome your blues by refocusing your mind on accomplishing those goals.
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