The first day back at school after a long break always seems like a raging storm after a season of sunshine. The stark difference between weekly beach trips and relaxing days to early morning classes and piles of homework can be pretty overwhelming and stressful. However, us girls at Fab Design Co are here to help you get through the transition and hopefully the return back to school won’t be as bad as you anticipated. Here are 5 tips to help prepare you for the first day back that will make you feel confident and prepared enough to conquer anything that the new school year brings!
1. Make sure you don’t procrastinate
If you have summer homework such as summer reading, get your butts to the beach or pool and hit the books!! Summer reading doesn’t have to be such a drag because you can make it into a leisure activity if you are in your happy place and relax by the pool while you read about Santiago’s journey or Frankenstein’s struggle with self. If you set a schedule for yourself in order to complete summer homework on time that will save you from the stress of trying to rush and finish everything the night before.
2. Get all the necessary school supplies needed in advance
I don’t know if it’s just me but getting new school supplies always gets me excited and is the upside of school starting. There’s just something about perusing the aisles of Target or Staples and buying way too many unnecessary post-it notes that gives me in the spirit of school starting and helps me accept the end of summer a little bit more. Not only is shopping for school supplies fun, it also helps a lot if you feel fully prepared with all the needed binders, notebooks, and pens. Most people feel more excited to take notes in notebooks that they think are really cute so be sure to pick out things that speak to you or personalize your items to make everyday items more interesting.
3. Try adjusting your sleeping schedule
Everyone’s sleeping schedule during the summer gets a little crazy because of long nights out with friends and little to no responsibilities during the day. When school starts again it might be really hard to transition from sleeping at 2 am and waking up past noon to sleeping at 11pm and waking up before 8 am. A better way to prevent such a harsh change would be to start sleeping earlier progressively a week or more before the first day of school. For example, you could start by sleeping at 1 am on Monday and with each passing day of the week sleep an hour earlier than the day before. The same can be done with the time you wake up each morning so you can slowly get used to early mornings again and the 8 am wake up alarm won’t be as horrible.
4. Pack a really good lunch and pick out a super cute outfit for the first day
As silly as this may sound, it is actually a very good way to motivate someone to go to school and build excitement for school starting. When you know you are going to have a very filling and delicious meal, it helps fuel you through the day so you can finally munch on your meal with your friends. Also, having an outfit that you really like is super important because it’ll help get you out of bed because nothing helps bring confidence like a good first day outfit! These little motivators should be prepared the night before so you can wake up feeling ready to be reunited with all your classmates and friends after a summer of rejuvenation and growth.
5. Having a thorough and relaxing night routine
Speaking of “the night before”, there are several things you can do to relax yourself the night before school starts. Taking a bubble bath is helpful because nothing is more relaxing than a nice warm tub with a lush bath bomb (am I right??). After the bubble bath, you should do a facial mask to help keep your skin nice and smooth. Lastly, listening to calming and chill music with candles in the room and do the final check on the contents of your backpack so you won’t be rushed in the morning to get packed. Most importantly, just breathe and remember that you’re ready to take on whatever is thrown at you and that your friends and family will always be there for you in the midst of your new adventures. A new school year can seem daunting but really, it’s just another thing for you to conquer so go out there and be the fabulous person that you are and I know you’ll be just fine.
The FAB Team
Edith, Itzel, & Sara