Going back to school after the summer holidays can sometimes seem like a daunting task, but there are simple steps you can take to help reduce your worries around stepping back into the classroom.
Steps to reduce anxiety when going back to school
If you are feeling anxious in the days leading up to school, here are some things to try:
Talk to someone about it
If you are feeling anxious about going back to school it is important to speak to someone about it. Whether your fears are about classes, teachers or your classmates, talking to someone can help to give you perspective on the situation and find a solution where possible. If you are worried about bullying, make an appointment with the school counsellor or a teacher you trust before term starts so they can be aware of the issue and help to support you during the year.
Going back to school means you are starting a new year and can forget about the one you left behind. If you grades or experiences weren’t great last year, forget about it now and commit to making the most out of this one. Remember that there is more to school than just classes and homework. Join a new sport or take part in drama or other after school activities to help you enjoy the overall experience.
Surround yourself with friends
Regardless of whether you have one or ten friends in school, having someone close to you to support you on your first day back can make a big difference. If you are anxious about your first day organise to walk to school with a friend or to meet them outside before you go in. If you have siblings in your school and it’s your first day let them know how you are feeling, ask questions and they may be able to offer advice which can calm your nerves.
You could also arrange something fun to do with friends outside of school in the first week so that you have something to look forward to in the first few days.
Be prepared the night before going back to school, lay your uniform out and have your bag packed and ready to go. Get up with enough time that you can have a breakfast and ease yourself into the day. Giving yourself plenty of time to wake up in the morning can help you to relax instead of being in a rush to leave the house.
Remember to breath
You may feel like there isn’t much you can control when going back to school but there are little things you can do to help relieve anxiety in certain situations. Focusing on your breathing when you are feeling overwhelmed or panicked can help to calm you down. Simple breathing exercises like counting in your head while taking deep, slow breaths can help to regulate your breathing when you feel you are getting worked up.
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