The excitement builds as a new school year approaches, but whether you’re a teacher, parent or student, there is bound to be some stress, too. You don’t have to let that anxiety turn into full-blown back-to-school blues. Take a minute or two as the summer vacation ends to find ways to reduce stress and increase the fun factor. Consider five ways you might improve moods as school opens back up.
Reflecting on the memories you made this summer is one way to appreciate them as you head back to school. Make it a celebration your family and friends can enjoy.
Teachers might develop classroom projects to help students relive their break for everyone and cement those memories. Things like:
One of the biggest challenges each year is creating that all-important morning routine. If you start early, you can perfect it, so there is less stress once school opens.
Talk about the morning routine as a family, so everyone understands the timeline necessary to ensure the kids are at school on time and how that affects mom and dad’s daily schedule.
The stress that comes with a new school year can have an impact on your health and the bacterial balance in your gut. Natren suggests you take a three-prong approach to improving your overall health and counteracting the effects of school-related stress and keep your gut healthy:
Make school shopping a family affair if you have little ones heading to class this year. The excitement of picking out new clothes will spill over when it comes time to wear them to school. This can make your kids excited about going back to school and encourage their new morning routine of laying out their clothes.
Make selecting a new backpack and filling it with supplies a yearly tradition, too. Just seeing fresh new colors, pens and notebooks will create some enthusiasm.
If you are a teacher getting ready to go back to work, treat yourself to some new stuff, too. A new briefcase and some flattering work clothes can help set the right mood.
Schedule something special for everyone before and after the first week of school. For the kids, you might plan one last day trip to the zoo or science museum before school starts. Surprise them the first weekend after school starts with a picnic in the park or a drive to the beach.
Don’t forget yourself in the “me time” equation. What are you going to do during those first hours when the kids are at school? Plan a special treat for yourself that day even if it just means getting coffee with friends.
It’s time for a new school year. Make the most out it with some careful and thoughtful planning that eases the stress for everyone.