Sort out your sleep
It’s time for some routine again! If you’ve been burning the midnight oil on stuff like Netflix binges or extended gaming sessions, start going to bed at your regular bedtime a few days before school begins. If nothing else, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before you start school. Sleep is super important for energy, focus and general physical wellbeing, so don’t stint!
Getting ready for battle.
Get some exercise
No, you don’t have to run a marathon the day before... But we’re pretty sure your limbs have started atrophying because of all that couch time, so slowly and carefully get off the couch and go walk around the neighbourhood, or do some stretching. If you’re feeling stronger, get your friends together for a final game of basketball to get energised and into a fun mood. Along with sleep, getting exercise really keeps your energy levels up. Check out these tips for getting work fit – they’ll help you to get school fit, too
No, this does not count.
Pre-plan the fiddly bits
Is your school uniform sorted? Got all the books and stationery and stuff you need to get going? Do this before you go back, or the day before school starts will be a mad scramble to sort out all the things you forgot about. Pre-pack your bag, lay out your uniform, choose your hairstyle, set three different alarm clocks to wake you up on D-Day and start creating a calendar of important dates, events, or field trips you know about – this will help you get organised and give you something exciting to look forward to.
Also make sure you have everything you need for a healthy breakfast and a packed lunch ready to go. (If you can convince your mum to bring you breakfast in bed on Day 1, bonus!)
Check out these eight brain foods that can supercharge your studies this year – it’s probably a good idea to have some of them in the fridge
Planning: you're doing it right.
Refresh your goals for the year
If you’ve been following Skillsroad’s tips on goal setting, getting motivated and keeping your focus, you should be feeling ready to reach some personal milestones this year. (Seriously, guys, we all follow them and we’re doing great! Except when someone brings donuts to the office…) If you don’t have a clue what you’d actually like to do with this year, don’t stress: there’s still time to decide on your goals, and plan to keep them
. Goals can be social (making new friends), physical (running your first 5kms), intellectual (acing the HSC), professional (landing your first part-time gig)… They don’t have to be huge, but they should improve your life and wellbeing in some way, and make you feel good for reaching them. (Even if it takes you eight months... or a year... or two years... to get there!)
Check out these resources with advice to help you reach your goals:
You go, goat!
Dealing with the back-to-school blues
If the idea of going back to school is giving you anxiety or making you feel really sad, it might be time to take a deep breath and think about what’s making you feel so negative. Sometimes, it might be something that’s easy to fix, but other times, you might really have a valid fear about going back. Remember: don’t try to deal with it alone, but rather reach out and talk to someone you trust about your feelings if it’s really getting you down. You don’t ever have to go it alone.
Also check out the resources below to help you manage anxiety and deal with negative thinking:
Get ready to make memories!
The one must-do this year is to have as much fun with your friends and loved ones as you can, and to document all the memories. Keep mementoes, take a disposable camera with you and snap loads of pics, or use your mobile and give David Dobrik’s cool new app, David’s Disposable
, that gives your Insta pics a retro feel. Yes, school can suck, but you can also make the most of it and use it to pave the way to a brilliant future. It’s a journey, so enjoy the ride!
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