Jumping Back to School

Coral Gables Counseling Center - Wednesday, August 23, 2023
By coralgables_admin

By Jeni Kennedy, Certified Life Coach

With the summer sun fading, the sound of pencils sharpening, backpacks zipping, and the sounds of school bells ringing; the time has come to plug that alarm clock back in and embrace the return to school.


The transition from the carefree days of vacation to the structured world of academia can be exciting and challenging. Exploring new routines can be somewhat of an arch settling back into navigating those back-to-school schedules ensuring everyone in your household has that smooth transition.

Here’s a little bit of what we like to do in our house:

Preparing Mentally and Physically

  • The first step in acclimating to new routines is mental preparation. Acknowledge the shift in mindset from relaxation to focus and growth. Create a positive attitude towards learning and reconnect with your goals for the upcoming year. Physically, organize your study space. My favorite saying is always present to be productive.

Prioritizing Time Crafting a Schedule That Works

  • Time management is crucial in maintaining balance during the back-to-school transition. Design a daily schedule that includes designated study hours, leisure time, and rest. Allocating time for both academics and personal interests will prevent burnout and help maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Power in rituals can provide a sense of stability during periods of change

  • Incorporate daily rituals into your routine, such as morning breakfast time, meditation, or journaling. These small actions can set your tone for the day and alleviate any anxieties or even help you handle any bumps in the road that you may be faced with.

Flexibility in Adaptation better known as Allowing Room for Changes

  • While routines are designed to provide structure, they should not be rigid. Embrace flexibility and be open to adjusting your routine as needed. Unexpected challenges may arise, and you can be sure they always do, but your ability to adapt will determine your success in navigating these hurdles.

Building Connections

  • Fostering relationships within the school community and building healthy habits, all help in the transition.
  • Back to school is not just about academic adjustments—it’s also an opportunity to reconnect with friends and make new connections. Engage in school activities, join clubs, and participate in social events to foster a sense of belonging and community.

Fine-Tuning Your Routine

  • Regularly evaluate your routine’s effectiveness. Are you achieving your academic goals? Are you finding time for leisure and relaxation? Adjustments may be necessary as you discover what works best for you.

Transitioning back into school requires a delicate balance of preparation, adaptability, and self-care. By embracing new routines and focusing on positive habits, you can turn this transition into an empowering journey of growth and achievement.

In laughter,



“Remember, life is all about hoops jumped joyfully.” – Jeni Kennedy