Getting back into a stable routine after summer is a difficult and daunting task.
Trying to adjust from an unplanned daily routine with little to no requirements to a routine with strict plans and deadlines is a task everyone dreads when the summer comes to an end, primarily because of how different it is from the day to day habits we develop in the summer.
However, with a few adjustments, resetting your strict internal clock is a manageable task. Let’s take a look at a few ways we can effectively adjust to our new schedule and debunk some myths which do not help the adjustment from lazy days to consistent hard-working days.
Tip #1, Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule:
This is one of the most important things you should do when transitioning from summer. In the summer, your sleep schedule ends up shifting to much later times then we should have or at least becomes extremely chaotic.
The best thing we can do to combat the difficult transition is begin to slowly shift our bedtimes and wake up times to earlier times, ensuring we get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. In due time, you can adjust your sleep schedule to a normal wake up time without the side effect of tiredness.
Tip #2, Integrate Exercise:
Exercise is an amazing way to get your body and mind back into a schedule. Doing even a little bit of exercise will wake you up, make you feel refreshed and improve physical and mental health.
Even integrating a small ten to fifteen minute walk in the morning or afternoon will bring energy into your daily routine, helping you tackle tasks for the day ahead.
Tip #3, Schedule in Advance:
Making schedules before your week starts is a perfect way to reduce stress and complications when adjusting to your first two weeks out of summer. At the beginning of the week, write down all the appointments or work you need to accomplish during the week.
Knowing exactly what you need to do during the week will reduce stress and make tackling jobs a lot easier. Being on track in the beginning of the year will help keep you organized and on schedule for the rest of the year as well.
Tip #4, Plan for Yourself:
Most importantly, assign special time for yourself and your mental health. No yearly schedule will be easy to follow if you are continually stressed and don’t take a moment to relax and enjoy yourself when you can. You do not want to burn out early on, so it is important that you stay flexible when adjusting to your schedule.
Lastly, keep in mind that new schedules are difficult to adjust to and you do not need to keep your current routine exactly as it is. Feel free to adjust it to make it work for you with minimal stress and difficulties.
Making a routine that is ideal will ensure a quicker adjustment; use resources like Prevagen to get more tips.
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