Jess Cranney

It’s officially back-to-school season. Planning and organizing are essential to prevent being overwhelmed or stressed. It can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to planning out your new schedule, free time, and dance life. So here are some ideas of what you can add to your back to school/dance planning:

Find Your Ideal Wake-Up Routine

Going back to school usually means early class times and even earlier alarms! Some people can wake up easily while others may need a bit more help. If you are unsure how you are going to wake up so early, it’s a good idea to get some practice in before the school year officially starts. Try different alarm clocks with different sounds, set multiple alarms, or even use a sun lamp! Find what works best for you, your body, and your mind. Then stick with it to build that routine. 

Gather Your Supplies

Who doesn’t love back-to-school shopping? Getting new pens, pencils, binders, and folders is the fall refresh we all need. It might also be time for new dance clothes and shoes. Being ready for the both school year and the dance season will take some of the pressure off. While you’re at it, set up a dance journal to write down practice notes, motivational quotes, and more. You never know when you will need it. Once you have everything, all that’s left is to back your school and dance bags!

Plan Your Breaks

Put all of your breaks for dance and school (fall break, winter break, spring break, etc.) into a calendar together so you have them all in one place, like a calendar on your wall, your phone, or in your planner. This makes it easier to compare your breaks and plan things to do! Keep this list somewhere you can look back on whenever you need to.

Build Your Routine

A routine can mean something different for every person. For some, it might just mean being in bed before 11 p.m. For others, it might mean a set list of things they have to do every day. Whatever your preference, it is a good idea to have a rough night routine to wind you down for the day. This could include stretching, homework, self-care, and some time for other hobbies or friends. Make sure you leave yourself time to relax your mind and body.

Plan Your Meals

It is super important to keep your body fueled as that also keeps your mind fueled. Whether you’re eating in the school cafeteria or packing meals for school and dance, find what works best for you and your schedule. No matter what make sure you can eat throughout the day and stay hydrated. 

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.