Returning to college or an apprenticeship can be challenging, especially after an extended break. Many of us have lost a sense of routine after lockdown so the habit of getting up early and out the door can bring up lots of difficult feelings and emotions. Being prepared can really help with last minute nerves, so here are some easy ways to make that transition back into a routine a little less difficult.

A bit of planning ahead...

  • Think about what you’re going to wear the night before, even better, lay it all out so you’re not searching for clean socks at the last minute!
  • Pack your bag the night before, try and include a bottle of water as being hydrated helps with concentration

Sound sleep

  • Consider your bedtime routine, can you switch off all your devices and TV a little earlier so you have a good thirty minutes of technology free time before sleeping
  • A bedtime meditation is a great way to prepare for a good night’s sleep, or a warm shower, a milky drink or reading a book will all help you to unwind.
  • Try to keep to the same bedtime and get up roughly the same time each day.
  • It’s tempting to have a huge lay in on your days off but it can throw your sleep pattern off kilter.
  • Set your alarm a little bit earlier, then hit that ‘snooze’ button so you don’t have to leap straight up!

Mellow mornings

  • Play some music whilst getting ready and don’t forget to make your bed, psychologically it’s a real boost, you’ll have achieved something that day before even stepping out the door
  • When you shop, buy some ‘grab and go’ healthy snacks, a banana or cereal bar are easy to stick in your bag when you don’t have time for breakfast, having something to eat will help settle you
  • Try and leave your keys, wallet, Oyster Card, face mask and other essentials in the same place each day so you can find them easily when you’re dashing out
  • Before opening the door, take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror and affirm yourself for having done so well, you are amazing and deserve to enjoy your day

Rest and Recharge!

  • Plan for the half term and holiday breaks
  • Getting any homework out of the way during the first couple of days, rather than looming over you, will allow to you relax and recharge your batteries
  • Half term is a great opportunity to catch up with friends, treat yourself to a day out- Sports, Culture, Art (SCA) activity with your keyworker?- or to finally have that lie in!