Don’t Stress: How to Survive Your First Week Back


The night before your first day back at school can sometimes be stressful, but taking the time to prepare maybe a little beforehand can make all the difference.

1. Get your outfits together

Being comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing throughout the school day can make a big difference in how you feel. Even just wearing a pair of sweatpants or hoodie can make you feel both comfortable and good about what you’re wearing in the often stressful school environment. 

Not saying that you have to go all out in what you’re wearing, but choosing outfits that make you feel comfortable in your own skin can make a large difference. Taking the time before school to maybe think about what you want to wear can not only make mornings less stressful when picking out what to wear, but can make you feel good about yourself, increase your confidence,  and let you be your best self at school.

2. Fix your sleep schedule

Over the summer it’s easy to let your sleep schedule get messed up. Everyone is going to be staying up late, that’s just natural. But do try to take the last week or two of summer to get back into a decent routine and catch up on sleep. This can be beneficial so that you don’t crash once the new school year comes around and you can start the new year off with a bang. 

3. Buy supplies

Taking the time to buy the school supplies you need can make you feel a lot more prepared for your first day back at school. Although for some people buying school supplies can be a reminder of the lingering school year, doing so before can get it out of the way and out of mind.

If you are into aesthetics, you could even take some time over the summer to plan out your dream set up, and shop around online. And for the organization junkie, maybe develop a file system for your upcoming classes while you have the time. 

4. Practice mindfulness

For students, mental health should be a top priority. Staying sane from the stress of school can be tough, but mindfulness is a great way to help. Just taking a bit of time out of your day to breathe, be kind to yourself, and reflect and the good things in your life can really make school a little bit easier. students should practice building mindfulness habits for the upcoming school year in order to build these beneficial acts into a routine before stress takes over again. 

5. Do your summer review packets

We know it sucks, but you don’t want to lose that last week of your summer trying to finish it all at once. You should try to do a little bit of the work each week and you’ll have it done in no time with very little stress involved. Doing a little bit every week will also prevent you from completely forgetting how to do math over the summer.

Do. The. Packet. 

6. Take the time to enjoy your last bit of summer break

It’s easy to let the upcoming school year stress you out, but it’s important to take the time to enjoy your break to the fullest. Don’t let the new school year get to you too much and make sure to do at least a few fun things the week before.

Focus, be present and live in the moment. Summer flies by, so try to enjoy every second of it, especially the last days of it.