Back to school season is officially upon us! Although the decision of whether or not class is in a traditional setting or online has not been fully up to us, now is the time to focus on yourself. Since it may be obvious to purchase notebooks and pencils, we wanted to focus on a list of wellness-inspired tips for getting back to school:
Encourage a consistent sleep schedule:
Pandemic or not, the summer months always seem to disrupt our sleep schedules. Especially now, since many of our courses are set up online, it can be even more difficult to commit to a sleep schedule. However, you’re setting yourself up for success by ensuring you’re getting the right amount of rest by sticking to a sleep routine that works for you.
Try to stay away from exposing yourself to electronic devices right before sleep and instead, focus on relaxing your mind through a calming skincare routine and a good book to get yourself in a sleepy mindset before you tuck in for the night.
Make your planner or Google Calendar your friend:
One of our top recommendations would be to go through each syllabus for your courses and jot down when your assignments, quizzes, and exams are due in a planner or in Google Calendar. So, instead of rushing to see what assignments you need to do, you’ll be ahead of the game every week.
And to make life a little easier, organize your day the night before, and be sure to check your calendar every morning to ensure that you are on track for each class!
Ask for help when you need it:
With distance learning, you might not be able to access your professors as easily as you did before. So, be sure to keep in touch with them through email, schedule Zoom office hours as often as you need, and know that there are many resources available to help you stay successful! Insha’Allah, we want this year to be no different for you in terms of success and attaining your goals.
And please don’t forget to set intentions! This is a powerful mindfulness practice that can be a huge support in student learning. Setting your intentions before the school week begins can create aspirational visions which in turn can lead to productive and mindful individual work.