Easing into the New School Year
School will be starting in a few weeks and it's a good idea to begin planning ahead for a smooth transition. You may be thinking about what to bring and wear to school but this post is to help students focus on being mentally ready for the new school year.
These last moments of summer are a great time to:
- Start going to bed a bit earlier each night. If you've been getting to bed really late it's wise to move your bedtime up slowly to get your body adjusted to your school bedtime. (Remember: teens need 8-10 hours of sleep a night!) Trying to go to bed much earlier than you have been the night before school starts probably won't be beneficial. This site is full of great information: https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep
- Write a short-term (first quarter) and a long term (year-long) goal. They can be related to school, sports, friends, family--anything! Setting goals is a terrific way to start the school year with a plan.
- Catch up with a classmate. If you haven't seen some of your friends this summer contact them--I'm sure they're wanting to hear from you! You can make plans to meet up on the first day in the morning before school starts--it'll help you both feel ready.
- Think about healthy eating this school year. Finding and making a recipe for a quick breakfast or dinner now will give you the opportunity to expand your cooking/baking skills and look forward to starting the year strong.
- Do some brain work. If you haven't practiced playing your flute or done any Sudoku this summer now's the time!
Enjoy the next few weeks and we'll see you in September!