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February 6, 2017
By Angela Choksi, Barrington
Returning back to school after a break can be taxing for many students. The “back to school depression” often sets in, and that, coupled with the gloomy weather that accompanies Winters in Chicago, is not a great motivator for students to in effect be “good” students, and get back into the routine of quizzes, tests, homework assignments, time management, and extracurricular activities. For me personally, a sunny day can be all the difference needed to brighten up my day a bit, literally, but, since that’s hard to come around during January in Chicago, here are some ideas that may help you get back into the swing of school, and allow you to not be as depressed about school starting again.
- Set aside at least 30 minutes a day just for yourself. Do things that you love during that time. This can range from playing video games, to playing catch with your dog, to watching your favorite TV show, or catching up with a friend for some coffee. Use this time to relax, and rejuvenate yourself. Give yourself a break after a hard worked day at school!
- Eat a piece of chocolate every couple of days. I know, I know, it has some calories, but chocolate has proven to provide “happy endorphins,” that will surely lighten up your mood, and hopefully give you the motivation needed to get some school work done.
- Space out your school work. Try working on a singular subject for about 30-40 minutes, and then switch to another one so as to give your mind a break from studying similar material. This will surely help you retain material more effectively, and will give you time to process what you have already learnt so as to prevent your eyes from glazing over similar material.
- Spend time with your family. Eat dinner together, and discuss how your day went. Talking to others certainly helps one to be happier, and laughing at something funny will help liven your mood.
- Lastly, don’t procrastinate. I know that you have probably heard this a million times, but its still just as applicable as it was in the beginning of the year when your teachers probably talked to you about it. Procrastinating will definitely have your work pile up, and especially if you are taking AP or Honors classes, keeping up with all of it may be difficult if you neglect it. My advice is making a daily or even weekly timetable with a list of “to-do” things that will help you keep things in perspective, and remain on track for your classes, and assignments.
I hope this helps with with your back to school anxiety, and, if nothing else works, you can always eat some more chocolate 🙂
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