It is almost fall and it is time to return to school and get back to our regular routines. As the leaves change to crimson or amber tones, the days will get shorter and nights cooler.
Although I’m no longer in school, I still have fond memories of my time at school, working through my semesters, purchasing my books, and getting ready for new classes. One of my favourite parts about going back to school every year was creating a new routine to keep up with the holidays. Although I won’t be returning to school, I will have to make some changes to my schedule once summer ends.
These are my top 3 tips to keep my transition to “back to school” smooth and comfortable.
1. Take a look at your closet
This is something I do, don’t be silly. Growing up on the East Coast, I was used to switching between my summer and winter clothes. This made going through my closet an important transition point for me to change seasons. Even if this is something you’re not used to (if you live in warmer regions), it’s a great way of starting a new routine.
You can get rid of clothing you don’t wear anymore and clothes that don’t fit. This will help you decide what you need for your back-to-school shopping, including when you are looking at shoes, coats, and hats. It is better to know what you already have than to add to it.
My closet clean-out, which I began about a month ago, is still ongoing. It is slower for me, but it helps me to understand my style and identify what I love and don’t like. Your sense of style changes and evolves constantly so it is important to check in with yourself every now and again and reflect on what you really like to wear. There is no better way to discover your style preferences than by going through your clothes.
2. Get into a routine of exercise
When our lives are busy, exercise becomes more important. Regular exercise improves our focus and sleep quality, as well as keeping us healthy and strong. Our summer is over, so it’s a good time to start establishing a routine.
We want to think about our exercise routine before things get crazy busy. Because once September arrives, there will be no time or effort to fit in our exercise. Start now and plan for the future.
It is a great way to find the right time to exercise. While some people might not have the time, others may be able to make this routine. Even if you have only 15-20 minutes per day, exercising is still better than none. Make the time and schedule it.
3. Take some time to get up in the morning
It can set the tone for the day by giving yourself some extra time to prepare for your busy schedule. This will allow you to wake up earlier and help your body adapt to a healthy sleeping pattern.
I have to admit that I wasn’t always the best at managing my time. I remember waking up at 5:15 AM to rush to get to school or work. I wouldn’t stop feeling adrenaline-rush until I was in the middle of a lecture, or until lunch.
This is something I’ve improved on. I now aim to get up at 6:15 to 6:30 every morning, even if it was late the night before. This has allowed me to get more done in the mornings, and I can fit the things that I want into my busy schedule.
It can make a huge difference in how stressed you feel throughout the day. This can give you a sense calmer than you might find when you get to bed at night. You can also get up earlier to fit in the exercise routine we mentioned in tip #2.
These are my top 3 tips for making your transition to back-to-school easy and joyful. These tips will inspire you to create the perfect fall routine and wear your best clothes.