How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues
By Virginia Laird
In just a few short weeks, students across the nation will begin heading back to the classroom. While many parents may be counting down the days until life goes back to regular routine, most of the kids are dreading the thought of being tied to a desk all day. Although the first day of school can be exciting, the back-to-school blues can kick in as early as the second or third day of school. There are a few things that can be done to help prevent the overwhelming doldrums of these blues, including:
- Eat a good breakfast daily
- Stay ahead of school work
- Get outside
- Go for a walk
- Get plenty of sleep
Eat Breakfast Daily
It is important to feed the body each and every morning. This helps the brain and body function at its best. Without proper nutrition, the body could be fatigued more quickly, making it difficult to sit through a class.
Stay Ahead of School Work
Although homework is not exciting, it is important to stay ahead of it. Come home from school and get started right away. The longer it is procrastinated, the more difficult it can be to get motivated enough to get something done. Feeling the crunch of school work can put a damper on life quickly.
Spending time outside can help clear the brain. Many even prefer to find a nice spot to complete homework outdoors. Research suggests that spending time outside can decrease stress levels. Low stress can help prevent the back-to-school blues.
Go for a Walk
Exercise is another great way to decrease stress levels. A walk, jog, or even bike ride can help in this matter. These activities do not need to be super long. Just a quick 10-minute workout can get the job done.
Get Plenty of Sleep
At the end of the day it can be difficult to get in bed at a decent hour. The very best thing students can do for themselves is to get enough rest. The sleep foundation recommends more sleep than most would think. Getting a good night of rest can help get the next day started off right.
Help your student avoid the back-to-school blues by helping and encouraging them to apply a few of these tips. Hopefully, your students’ school year will get started off on the right path.
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