Recover From An Extended Break

We’ve all had that feeling; that feeling of not wanting a break to end, no matter how small or big.

We’ve already developed habits to maximize our lazing about and minimising our work. But now that it’s ‘back to school’ time, it’s also ‘back to the grind of having to get up early’ time. For some of us, it can be jarring having to go straight from leisure to work, and there’s usually a couple of days (or weeks) of lag time before you adjust. Here are a couple of tips to help with the transition.

Gradually re-introduce work.

Our natural inclination is to keep doing what we’ve been doing, especially if what we’ve been doing has been relaxing all day.


Although it’s important to start as soon as you can to keep up with school, taking on everything at once can be overwhelming and stressful. Instead, introduce work slowly every day until you start to feel comfortable again. Maybe begin with a half hour on your first day back and build from there.

Also, keep in mind that the first few days of school probably won’t be that intense, so it’s the perfect time to gradually re-introduce study to your life.

Re-establish a routine.

Following on from this, it’s important to prepare for school ahead of time as well. Once you’re back into the swing of things, structure your work so that you know how much time is required for each subject.

Keep a regular schedule of what you should be doing, when. For example, set specific times for Math, English and Science (accounting for breaks in-between). You can make this flexible, especially if you have more work for a particular subject in a particular day or week; in general though, stick to your schedule.

Implement good habits on holiday.

There is a temptation on holidays to completely abandon all the good habits you’ve built up during the school term, mainly because you’re on, well, holidays. Even though you really want to make the most of your holidays, you shouldn’t completely abandon your routine. It can make the transition back to school much harder.


No one’s expecting you to do any hardcore work during the break; simply stick to general guidelines like waking up or getting to bed at the same time you would if you had school on. This can help prevent massive grogginess later. Of course, if you must wake up at an ungodly hour because your school is far away, by all means, wake up at a more reasonable time during holidays (but try not to deviate too much; an hour is pretty easy to correct for, but maybe not two or three).

Sure, go out there and enjoy your holidays. Just think of these steps a few days before the holidays end and your body and mind will end up thanking you over the next ten weeks.