For some reason, there is an expectation that you need every school supply on the first day of school. You probably won’t find every school supply, cute skirt or cool gym shoes in one marathon shopping session anyway. Space this exercise out during the entire first month of school, or even better throughout the entire year. Back to school shopping events can resemble the craziness of Black Friday shopping after Thanksgiving.
The best time to prepare is when there is no pressure. Plan as much as possible, from what you’re wearing, to what you will eat the next day, to contingencies for when things will go wrong. Having a back-up for missed rides and changes in schedule will reduce the stress when life happens.
- Set aside time each day to decompress
We all need an opportunity to decompress. Some people meditate, some listen or play music, others read or draw or look for Pokémon. Any calming activity that you enjoy will work. Checking social media is the opposite of this. Minimize interacting with others during this time unless it’s a group meditation or yoga.
- Write in a journal, with intention
“A vision without an action is a daydream. An action without vision is a nightmare.”
Most of us want to reduce or effectively manage stress and pressure but we often don’t take any action to identify the source of our stress or pressure. Take some time to journal your experiences. Even a few sentences will help create some awareness. Make sure you answer these questions: What am I feeling? What events happened that lead to this feeling? How do I want to feel? What positive steps can I take to reach this objective?