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Five tips for an easy transition from summer vacation to school-year obligations

It’s been one heck of a summer! You’ve read some great books, taken a few classes and had the trip of a lifetime; well, those of you who’ve been following our advice have. Just like all good things, this too must come to an end. As summer winds down and the new school year gears up, you may find yourself less than motivated to get back into the swing of things. Here are five sure-fire ways to get back on track for the new year.

Regain your Routine

Start preparing for your school-day routine now. Adjust your sleep patterns, eat breakfast and reinstate your morning yoga session. It can take up to 30 days for something to become a habit so the sooner you get your body and internal clock back on track, the better.

Goals, goals, they’re good for your heart. The more you set the more you…succeed!

Everyone should have a set of expectations or goals they would like to reach. Perhaps it’s to improve in a specific area of your discipline or to walk during lunch. Sit down and write out a few goals you have for this coming year. This might also be a good tool to use during your first session with your students. “I need you to help me, Jenny. Ms. Jones has a goal to walk during lunch this year!” You can show your student your pre-written goal and ask, “Can you help me stay on track? What about you? Do you have anything you’d like to be sure and do this year?” Having goals of any kind will give you something to work towards and having goals with your students creates a real sense of trust and camaraderie.

Be a Planner not a Pantser

While there is something to be said for going with the flow and flying by the seat of your pants, creating a fluid return to reality will require some planning. If you’re going to a new school, make sure you know the route you will be taking. Check out for 17 meals you can make ahead and freeze. Stock up on essentials (e.g. cat food, coffee, ibuprofen) so there aren’t any last-minute trips to the store required. Taking these everyday worries off your plate will help lessen your stress and increase your energy.

Treat Yourself

Ensure that your last few days of vacation are exactly what you want them to be. Whether that means going shopping with friends, treating yourself to a massage or sitting on the couch in your comfy clothes, don’t overcommit yourself right before your triumphant return. Take it easy and store up your energy. We both know you’re going to need it.

Remember WHY

There’s a reason you chose to be in the field you are in. There’s a reason you chose to practice in a school setting vs. a clinical setting. This year, you will change someone’s life. This year, you will be the reason someone decides to step out of their shell and make friends. This year, you will be the answer to a parent’s prayer. Robby Novak, better known as ‘Kid President,’ has become an internet sensation with his videos spreading a message of hope and unity. A little known fact about Robby is that he has Osteogenesis imperfecta, a chronic condition that will forever affect his way of life. This bone disorder isn’t easy to live with but thanks to his doctors, and yes, his physical therapists, he found a reason to dance. This year you will teach the world to be awesome. Check out this pep talk, directly from the man himself.

A Pep Talk from Kid President to Teachers and Students!

Thank you for reading our Summer Blog Series. If you’re a school-based healthcare professional and are looking for a change or simply a new home, we hope will be your first stop. Former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson once said, “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” Together, we can ensure that each child has the opportunity for someone to believe in them. Make it a great year!


Christy-Trujillo-AuthorIn addition to writing proposals for Sunbelt Staffing, ChristyTrujillo has published six novels including the multi-cultural Maldito Series and an adult romance under the pen name, Lee Ralaine. She currently resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, son, two black cats who seem to be very lucky and one tuxedo cat whose morning antics are more reliable than an alarm clock. You can find out more about Christy and her books at

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