It’s that time of year again. Teachers and students are headed back to school after a relaxing summer, which can cause their stress levels to sky-rocket. If you’re like me, you’ve been enjoying waking up without an alarm clock, drinking your morning coffee at a leisurely pace, and spending quality time with friends and family. It can be difficult to transition to the hectic pace of the school year, so it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself as you head back to school. Here are a few ways that I try to take care of myself, and I’d love to hear what you do to relax in the comments below!
During the summer, I am much better at getting exercise and going to the gym than during the school year. I’ve been taking spin and yoga classes throughout this summer. However, once the school year starts and I can’t work out in the morning, it’s much harder for me to get to the gym. So I find that just getting outdoors after school and taking long walks or bike rides to the end of my road ensures that I get some exercise and fresh air!
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I try to treat myself to some TLC because at the beginning of the school year, I feel like I’m mourning the end of summer. I may get a pedicure, read a book for pleasure, or enjoy a delicious dessert. Little indulgences cheer me up when I’m sad that summer is over.
|My Newest Reads|
Get some Zzz’s
Another difficult transition for me is switching back to my school sleep schedule. In the summer when the days are longer, I go to bed later at night. But with the early mornings of the school year, I have to make sure I go to bed earlier, so I start winding down after dinner. This means I am usually in bed by nine on a school night!
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