Getting back into the groove

Take care of yourself and get your work done with these helpful tips

Creating time and opportunity to get work done or study is vital to academic success and lowering stress levels.

Delnaz Kazemi

Creating time and opportunity to get work done or study is vital to academic success and lowering stress levels.

Emma Attig, Editor

Coming back to school from summer break can be overwhelming to some, and it may take a few weeks to sink in that school is back in session. Here are a few ways to get back into the school groove: 

Get A Good Night’s Rest 

While not everyone thinks they require the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, the CDC disagrees. Research shows that teenagers need between eight and 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.  

Setting an alarm for when you need to start winding down for bed, limiting your exposure to light and technology and sticking to a consistent sleep schedule can help you get in the groove and on the way to a good night’s sleep every night. 

Eat healthier meals and drink more water. 

Just as essential as sleep is to your overall health is food and water. Eating plenty of meals that have the nutrients you personally need and drinking a good amount of water is essential to your overall body function. Drinking more water and eating better can help your sleep cycle and keep your natural energy levels up.  

An easy way to do this is log your water intake and plan your meals as best as you can. Having pre-made meals and snacks will help you not just grab whatever is available, which may not be the best thing for you. Planning meals and snacks can also save you money in the long run. At a loss for what to nibble on? Check out this website for healthy snack ideas 

Create a routine.  

Creating a routine for your day can make your life a lot easier. Some people think that having a routine means you do the same things every day, but it just means that you have a set way you do things in an order; not that you are doing the same things every day. Try to wake up and go to bed around the same time each day, schedule your workouts into your day and have a designated homework space and time. 

Figuring out what you need to get done and the ideal time for you to do these things, then start to form a routine each day. 

Make a plan. 

Putting all of these things together can be stressful. Creating a plan or even a list for your own priorities can help you effectively manage your time. Some priorities may include studying for a test, doing homework, working out, going for a walk, going to work, and meeting. Setting aside certain times for these things and doing what is most important first.  

For example, if you have an overwhelming amount of homework, try to do what is immediate first. If it is all due the next day, then do what is easiest first or which class you have first on the day. This way you aren’t overly stressed and can help keep the time crunch calmer and more collected. 


I hope you find these tips helpful as the school year goes on. Have you found something that works for you? Send us a comment!