The sun has set on another summer. But the dawn of the impending fall can make us want to pull the covers over our eyes. Hiding from the new semester, however, is not the way to go – at least not if you want any chance at starting strong. Instead, adjust to the new day by refreshing your routine and recruiting these end-of-summer remedies.
Rediscover your motivators You probably didn’t need much convincing hit the beach or take the family out over the summer, but you will need some added motivation to jumpstart the school year. So get your homework playlist ready and your post-it notes up on your mirror because your personal motivators can go a long way.
Exercise Not only good for shedding those barbecue pounds, exercise is a proven way to increase your overall energy (source). These 30 simple workouts can help you begin a routine after a summer hiatus, or dial back your workout to accommodate your busier schedule.
Sleep Start adhering to a sleep schedule or, at the very least, set a time you want to be in bed each night and a limit to your sleeping in – even on weekends. Also, stop doing the things that get in the way of your 8-9 hours like late-night snacking and taking the laptop to bed.
(Carefully) plug back in Speaking of in-bed Internet surfing, summer’s end means it’s time to start using electronics wisely. No more TV as background noise, or morning talk shows with breakfast. Slowly limit the amount you use technology for entertainment (yes, that includes Facebook) and save it for the weekends.
Have one last hurrah Sometimes a little closure is all we need to feel ready to bid adieu to summer. Gather with your friends for one last barbecue or go out somewhere to watch a football game. Once it’s over, reflect on your summer and turn your attention to school, where there’s no time to be groggy.
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