How to Beat The Back to School Blues

On Monday the eldest daughter will be back to school and the following week the youngest will be back at pre-school. September signals the end of summer and getting everyone back into some sort of routine.

There’s something that lurches in my stomach at the thought of going back to school and it’s not even me going! As a kid I used to dread the end of the summer holidays and I used to get holiday blues as an adult going back to work so maybe it’s just the thought of the summer being over. Maybe it’s the thought of losing my kids back to school and pre-school when we’ve (mostly) had a great summer together, or maybe it’s the changing of the seasons and I know that the nights are drawing in and autumn is almost upon us.

Back to School Blues

So here’s a list of things that are going to keep me going once the old routine of September kicks in over the next couple of weeks:

1. Crack on With The Day Job. I’ve had a fair amount of copywriting work to do over the summer which has meant a bit of juggling with childcare and more late nights. So with the kids back in their routine, it will give me a chance to follow up some important leads, plough on with getting some work done and growing the freelance business.

Freelance Copywriting

2. Get Back into  Blogging. What with the summer holidays and juggling work, the blog has been a bit neglected. I want to get on with writing more blogs and updating the site too.


3. House Projects. Now that we’ve made the decision to stay put rather than move house, there’s a lot of projects going on ranging from buying new furniture and decorating to plans for extensions.


4. Photos.  This one seems to permanently be on my list of things to do. I snap away all the time with my phone and camera, but I never sort them out. I need to get on with the backlog and put some photos into frames and finish my year books.


5. Clothes Sort Out. The change in seasons call for a clear out of the wardrobe! I need to see what I can salvage and what I need to buy for the coming cooler months.


6. Get back into Running. December last year, I did something I never thought I’d do: I started running. For various reasons and many excuses, this has totally gone to pot over the summer. I hope to put my trainers on and get running again in September.


7. Book in Some Treats.  Having something to look forward to always cheers me up! We’re already concocting plans for October half term and have some days out pencilled in the diary for a couple of weekends too.


Do you mourn the end of summer or are you glad to see the start of a new season? Do you dread that “Back to School” feeling or are you glad to be back in some sort of routine? What are you up to when the kids head back to school? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!



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0 thoughts on “How to Beat The Back to School Blues

  1. I’ve got the same list going too! Love a bit of planning after the summer holidays to make sure we’ve got plenty to look forward to before dreaded winter. Hope Alice does ok tomorrow xx

  2. Ah identifying with many of these… (although sorting out photos has been on my list for months, if not years now…) Have been getting back into running myself after feeling particularly unhealthy after our summer holidays, and also lots of house projects in the pipeline…. Definitely a good time to make plans! x

  3. I still have two children at home so there is very little time to get the blues. I did plan on getting into my blog more with two in school and one in nursery part time but the youngest, two year old, is more trouble than all four put together! I’m hoping to blog on the rare occasion he naps! #bigpinklink

  4. I am sad to see summer go but mostly because I just love the warmer weather and longer days so much! Sounds like you’ve got a great plan to keep busy. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back next week

  5. You’re me!!! This is as if I’d written it. I am also trying to get back into running and enjoying catching up on the blog and opps but reaaaaaalllllllly missing the summer hols and our lovely family time. It’s a rollercoaster. I need to apply for a school place for my son soon too. I’ll be a wreck! Seriously. Thanks for joining us at the #bigpinklink

    1. Sooo many similarities Lou!! Keep planning and keeping busy helps but I miss the long light evenings as well as the sunshine and time off together. I can’t believe it will soon be time to apply for the youngest. Where does the time go?! Xx

  6. I don’t find the kids going back to school hard. What I find hard is catching up with everything that you couldn’t do over the summer with the kids home lol.

  7. I agree hun it can be hard getting back into the swing of things! But it’s so lovely to go through those clothes; in my opinion an Autumn clear out is way more fun than a spring clean – mostly cause the clothes are nicer!! xx #coolmumclub

  8. I am the same…I always dread the going back to school even when I was a kid. It sort of signalled to me the end of “holiday magic” and back to reality but I always found keeping busy really helps. And there’s always the next holiday or treats like you have said, to look forward to. #coolmumclub

  9. September is such a wonderful month for starting projects again isn’t it? I love all of your plans. My blog too has taken a few naps through the summer so will be good to wake it up a little bit! #CoolMumClub

  10. This sounds like my kind of list! We’ve also been getting on with sorting our house out and I had a wardrobe clear out while I was digging out my summer clothes so a shopping trip is in order I think! I’m definitely excited for a new season and getting plans set in place, Septembers always a good month for starting to new things and getting back in to everything else after a bit of a lull! x #KCACOLS

  11. Hope BTS wasn’t too bad in the end. Our boys have seemed to slot right back in but the big test is Kara moving into Reception next Wednesday. Given that she’s as keen as anything to get in, I’m quietly confident. #KCACOLS

    1. We had a few moments of the eldest being nervous but all fine in the end. Youngest finally goes back to preschool tomorrow after 8 weeks off! I hope it all went well for Kara. I think the younger siblings are always raring to go aren’t they?!

  12. H Cheryl, I look forward to the end of summer as July and August are too much (too hot and busy), but I hate the whole change in routine and the fuss that going back to school brings. It’s not so bad now my daughter is sixteen, but the schools here are never organised with teachers and it takes a while for the buses to get running again (they I being used for the tourists – I joke, not!). Once October is here and we’ve settled into a new routine I’ll be happy. October here is not quite like October in the UK.

    Like yours, my blog has fallen to the background and as for photos! I sometimes curse whoever invented cameras (not really)…. A clothes/ house sort out sounds like a good idea too… Maybe I’m not so keen on this time of year!


    1. It’s bitter sweet isn’t it Debs? I can imagine even more so for you longing to get rid of the tourists and hot weather!! I’ve always mourned the end of summer and the start of a new school routine. I didn’t like it as a child and not much has changed as an adult!! I’m sure we’ll all be in the swing of it come October! X

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