4 Tips to Banish the Back-to-School Blues
By Virginia Laird
Within the next couple of weeks, students all over the nation will be heading back to school. Although there will be a number of students who get excited to return, there may be an equally high number of students who would rather summer last a couple more months. As some students feel a loss of freedom when summer is in the books, it can cause an emotional low, which is known as back-to-school blues. A few things that can be done to banish the blues include:
- Routine is important, start now
- Have a bedtime
- Get something new
- Plan some of the after school time
Routine is Important, Start Now
Just as most parents insist on a routine for their infants and toddlers, parents should encourage the same as children get older. It can be difficult to get back in the swing of things. Research suggests it could take as many as 21 days to create a routine. The sooner each student returns to a routine, the more quickly they will be ready to tackle whatever the challenge of school may be. Heading to school with the routine already in place can make going back to class much easier.
Have a Bedtime
Bedtimes are important for everyone because they encourage those who adhere to them to get plenty of sleep. Research recommends that teens get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night. This can be difficult to accomplish with the many happenings in junior high and high school. Bedtimes can serve as a reminder to prioritize sleep.
Get Something New
Most people go back-to-school shopping. This typically includes more than just school supplies and a new backpack. Many invest in an outfit for the first day of school. Having a new outfit, pair of shoes, or jacket can help a student get excited about the first day of school.
Plan Some of the Afterschool Time
Having a routine for after school can help students be more productive. While there is little need to schedule every minute of the afternoon, it is important to lightly plan the time immediately after school to encourage the completion of homework, studying, or any other school work that may need to be completed.
Help your students banish the back-to-school blues by implementing just a few of theses tips. Not only might your student be more prepared to begin school, but they just may be happy to get up early and head to the bus stop. Hope your students have a fantastic school year.
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