- Get yourself organised. As much as you may want to avoid it you are going to have to do some work and that work is much nicer when you have a load of lovely notebooks, pens and folders. It may just be me but I love buying stationary and getting everything organised.
- If you can get a head start on some of your work. Even if it's only a tiny bit you'll be grateful you did when the work starts piling up. I'm going to the library tomorrow to plan some of my coursework just so it's not starting completely from square one at school.
- If you're a non-uniform school or if you are in sixth form (like me) you get to wear your own clothes. Buy yourself an item of clothing that will make you excited to get dressed in the morning. There's nothing worse than waking up and not liking what you're wearing it just puts you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. It could even just be a necklace or some shoes but treat yourself.
- Plan a great breakfast. It could be just for the first day of term or once you get your timetable plan it for your worst day every week. Go shopping the night before and buy a load of pancakes or fruit or croissants, whatever it is you like. It will put you in a good mood and it's proven a good breakfast helps you concentrate better at school.
- Following with the food theme, make yourself a great lunch. Lunch is the best time of the day for a lot of people and it's so disappointing to have a soggy sandwich and carrot sticks. Mix things up, buy a little plastic box and pack some noodles or potato salad. A sandwich is not your only option and if it is at least make it a good one!
- Pat yourself on the back for making it through the week. There is nothing wrong with congratulating yourself and you should be proud of yourself for doing little things, don't ever let anyone put you down for being happy that you did a little thing well. School can be really tough for a lot of people, so good for you for going and getting through each week. So plan something to treat yourself with at the end of the week. Even if it's a little thing like you're going to order pizza and watch your favourite film on a Friday night that is a lovely thing to look forward to.
- Remember that it is not the end of the world. Getting a bad grade or having to do a presentation you don't want to are little things that when you're 40 you're not even going to remember so don't be too hard on yourself, honestly you're probably doing much better than you give yourself credit for.