SUMMER SLUMP: WAYS TO PREVENT AND RECOVER FROM IT

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By Moira Du

You’re in the thick of summer. You’re enjoying sleeping in and doing virtually nothing the whole day without having to worry about grades. It’s summer and you’re enjoying it. Suddenly, you realize there’s only a week left of it and before you know it, the week is over and you’re getting ready for school. After 2 months of rest and relaxation, you dread the days you have to worry about your to-do list again. This dread turns into exhaustion which leads you to experience what we like to call a summer slump.

It’s not a good feeling at all. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can prevent or recover from the summer slump. Here, we’ll show you just how you can do that. Ready to go through the first few weeks of school without a sense of dread in your stomach? Let’s get into it.

What is the summer slump?

You know that sinking feeling you get the day before class? It’s the opposite of elation and excitement. Well, that’s what the summer slump is. It’s the sense of dread, of you thinking that you’ll have to go through the same stress and occasional boredom you went through yesterday. It’s you wishing for it to be summer all over again. 

It can cause students to perform badly during the first few weeks of school because some are preoccupied with the feeling. 

Is there a way to avoid it?

We all want to avoid this feeling. If we already have said feeling, we want to find ways to recover from it. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to show you that not even the summer slump can stop you from being the spectacular student you can be.

  1. Find a way to keep learning during the summer.

One of the main reasons why the summer slump is so debilitating is that when  you’re thrust into school and classes once again, you have to adjust to learning. You’re no longer used to learning, understanding, and memorizing different concepts; however, if you keep learning at home, you’d feel better equipped to handle what school will do to you.

  1. Set aside planners, organizers, etc. to organize and manage your time well.

At the start of the school year, give yourself something to work towards and focus on. Make sure to create or buy a planner that you can use to plan out everyday life. This will help you manage your time well and avoid feeling too overwhelmed when you get to school.

  1. Hang out with your friends.

There’s no cure better than hanging out with friends and making new memories with them. It will help you forget all about summer and get you excited about seeing them soon. Socialize, make friends, and hang out with them so you feel more ecstatic every day to be seeing them.

  1. Create a routine.

Set, create, and follow a routine so you feel more accomplished every time you finish a task. If you’re left with too much time on your hands, you’ll feel bored. If you’re left with too little time, you’ll create low-quality outputs for school. Creating a set routine will help you organize your day so you do more than enough per day.

The Takeaway

No one enjoys feeling frustrated over the fact that summer is ending. Some are hit so hard that they can’t even work during the first few weeks of school. The good thing is that the summer slump is avoidable and even curable.

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