4 Ways to Combat Back-to-School Blues

While we have yet to see the first snowfall, and flip-flops are still a wardrobe staple for many, there’s an undeniable shift in the seasons signaled by falling leaves and back-to-school sales. Sometimes long months of heat make the change a welcome one, but there’s also a disappointment that comes with the end of summer.

If you’re struggling to return to get back into a routine and beat the end-of-summer blues, here are a few tips to help.

Set goals with an end-of-year deadline

Don’t wait for the New Year to set goals, unless you want to increase your chance for failure. The build-up associated with creating goals for a beginning of year launch often creates too much pressure, and most of us are silently expecting to fail before we even start.

Instead, let your goals carry you through this slump and into the holiday season. Establish a workout routine, plan to change at least one of your unhealthy eating habits, or simply create and stick to a plan to cut down on your current stress level.

Not only will this give you something to work for, it will combat the common traps we fall into during the holiday season before they start – overeating, skipping workouts and allowing stress to get the best of us.

Reframe your thinking

What you think you create, and dwelling on your aversion to change directly impacts the natural flow of your life. Resisting the change is not only futile, but it adds a heaviness to everything you do.

Instead of thinking about how much you’re dreading the change in season and routine, think about what you do like about it. Sometimes excitement doesn’t come naturally — we have to create it.

Tap into your inner child

Speaking of excitement, who is better at tapping into it than children?

It may sound ridiculous, but there is something to be said for getting in touch with all of the little rituals we used to enjoy so much when we were younger.

Think about it – what’s better than fall sweaters, picking pumpkins, and making comfort food? Yes, it’s cliché, but there’s a reason why so many people find such enjoyment in it. It’s about being fulfilled and satisfied by the little things.

Everyone can benefit from that.

See it as an opportunity

We can always benefit from a reset – whether it be in our jobs, relationships, or workout routines. Sometimes our habits and way of living become so engrained in us, we are blinded to what isn’t working, what would make things run more smoothly, or what might make us happier overall.

A change in seasons can signal a very powerful opportunity to take advantage of this reset button. It’s a tangible beginning and end.

Instead of dreading what’s to come, take it as a chance to decide what areas of your life need to be shaken up a little. It’s not work if you know it will help you to live a more satisfying and fulfilling life. And, if you see it as work, you might just be attempting to make changes or achieve goals that don’t speak to you.

Summer might be fading into the background, but there are plenty of things to look forward to from this point forward. If you don’t recognize them now, you might just need to fake it until you make it.

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