Back to School for Grown-ups
Think back to the Septembers of your youth for a moment: Sure, you were sad to see lazy summer days come to an end, but the thrill of a new school year ahead took the sting away. Back-to-school shopping, new teachers, new friends—all of it was a welcome fresh start. And though you’re all grown up, experts say it’s common to still feel excited during back-to-school season. “The weather, certain smells, certain tastes—all of these things can trigger memories of earlier experiences,” says Julie Hanks, LCSW, a psychotherapist in Salt Lake City. “Come fall, some women feel the same type of anticipation they did as kids and might even unconsciously find ways to relive or improve upon the experience.” Even traditional Chinese medicine suggests we spend this transitional time of year preparing our minds and bodies for the months ahead. So to help you use this season to your advantage, we’ve taken everything you most enjoyed as a school-bound kid and updated it with healthy, adult twists. Here’s to an A-plus term.