It’s that time of year again! If schools in your area haven’t already started classes, they’ll be starting back soon. But don’t worry! You can still bring the outdoors into your new school schedule. Here are a few ideas: 

1. Start the day by waking up with the sun. Find out why here.  

2. Choose a place outside to sit, such as under a tree or on a log. Then, every morning or afternoon (whichever is more convenient), sit there alone for at least 10 minutes. Notice what’s changed in nature since the day before. Bonus: Take along a nature journal and write it down. 

3. After you settle in your seat at school, look out the window. Look at a distant view to relax your eyes and body and prepare to learn.

4. Feeling unfocused? Try breathing in scents like cinnamon or mint. Check out this article for more information. 

5. Find a good spot under a shady tree and do your homework outside. 

6. Take a photograph of an inspiring outdoor view. Print a large copy of it to display near your desk or study space.

7. Choose an outdoor activity to help you unwind after school, such as bicycling or jogging. Or, just get outside and play for a while. Read about the benefits of unstructured play for younger students here and for teens here

8. Get your friends or neighbors together for a back-to-school bonfire. 



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Written by Samantha Bell