How did you spend your summer? Sleeping until 1 pm, chilling on the beach, maybe binging your favorite TV show. Most likely not waking up at 9 am with a full day of school work ahead of you. Getting back to a schedule and hours of schoolwork can be pretty difficult. Take some advice from a girl with chronic fatigue on how to handle back-to-school exhaustion like a pro.
- The age old adage: DRINK YOUR WATER!!
A potential cause for feeling a little drowsy could be that you’re simply dehydrated. Drink a glass of water and you’re sure to feel a bit peppier.
It’s ok to take naps. If you have a bit of free time, it’s totally ok to rest your body and not power through. Do a quick 20-minute power nap, or if you have a lot of spare time let yourself sleep until you naturally wake up.
- Caffeinated Drinks
Caffeine is a savior. Coffee, Red Bull, 5 Hour Energy, whatever your little heart desires will help you push through a long night of studying. Not always the healthiest, but definitely a quick fix.
- Find somewhere cold to hang out
If you’re lucky enough to live in a dorm with AC, blast it. Go sit outside and enjoy the breeze. Stimulate your nervous system. Take some deep breaths and accept where you’re at today. You’re doing your best!
- Blast music
Turn up your favorite music in your headphones, preferably something upbeat, I’m a Nicki Minaj stan myself. Have a little dance party if you’re up to it (See number 6!!)
- Get your blood pumping.
This could be going to the gym for some cardio or a lift sesh, but it can also be as simple as going for a walk with a friend. Moving your body will wake it up and it is just healthy to make time for your physical health
- Take breaks
Be easy on yourself. College can be completely overwhelming, I know I have already cried from being overtired probably 4 times in the first week. Don’t be afraid to take a little time to do something that will make you happy and relaxed. Do a face mask, watch an episode of your favorite TV show, eat a snack and scroll through TikTok, whatever works for you!
Make this your best semester ever with these pieces of advice! I believe in you, give it a few weeks I promise it’ll get easier.