In the US, parents and students are rushing about preparing for the beginning of fall classes. Traditionally, that involves shopping for new clothing and supplies from pencils to computers. Teens and young adults are leaving home for college dorms. The whole endeavor devours money, time and energy. Traffic snarls and tempers fray. If we had stress reports alongside the weather reports, this season would be considered guaranteed overtime at the news stations.
Remember that there is nothing magic about the first day of school. It isn’t the last day for acquiring clothing for the season. Acquisition of some supplies can be spread out a bit. (Before we became homeschoolers, we finally started looking at some of the more excessive school supply lists as “teacher wish lists.”)
If you are a student or a teacher, don’t spend all your energy before the term begins! Calm down. You’ll be able to get more pens and paper and what have you later on. Ask for and accept help. Set up a sustainable schedule and a pleasant work environment that supports you.
Now have a good term!