Back To School Tips If You're Feeling Anxious

If the thought of going back to school is making you feel a bit anxious, here are 8 tips to help you cope with that first day back.

It’s been a long summer; but perhaps quicker than anticipated, it’s the end of the holidays and time to go back to school. For many, the idea of seeing friends each day can’t come soon enough, but for others, just the thought of returning to the classroom is daunting enough. Everyone’s school experience is different.

Everyone’s school experience is different.

Whether you’re starting in a new form, school or college, there can be a lot of stress around this time. From worrying about making friends to having to sit exams, we all have own issues and anxieties.

But don’t let the back to school blues get you down. Sit back, relax and read our tips to help calm your nerves in preparation for the new term.

1. Be prepared

Organise your bag, uniform, books and everything else the night before so it isn’t one big rush in the morning. You could also start to gather things together a few days before, just in case some things take a bit longer for you to find!

Start to gather things together a few days before

2. Get a good night's sleep

Getting plenty of shuteye is great for clearing the mind, improving memory and ridding the body of toxins, to make you feel re-energised. It also aids concentration (great for staying alert in double Maths!) and it helps to ease stress. A few days before you go back to school, set your alarm to the time you need to get up for. Then your body can get used to waking up at that time again!

Set your alarm a few days before you go back to help you get used to the early start!

3. Food for thought

Start the day with a balanced and nutritious breakfast, which will also help feed your mind, support your immune system and boost your energy levels throughout the day.

A nutritious breakfast will boost your energy levels throughout the day

4. Have a look at your new timetable

If you’ve got a new timetable, or new routine, have a look at it a few days before you’re due to start back at school. This can help it become familiar to you so that it doesn’t feel too strange on your first day back, and you know what’s coming.

Have a look at your timetable and it won't seem so strange on the first day back.

5. Take it one day at a time

From homework, to exams, don’t try to approach everything at once. Work out how you’re going to prioritise each task and take it step by step. Try keeping a diary or making a list on your phone to keep on top of it all. The key is in planning!

Work out how you're going to prioritise each task

6. Exams aren't everything

Adult life will teach you that it’s not all about exam results, and whatever you get there are always other options and routes that don’t revolve around top grades. Be who you are and do the best you can.

Do what you can!

7. Think ahead

If you’re really dreading going back, try and write a list of the things you are looking forward to. This could be seeing a friend, being in a certain class or an event you may have coming up in your school. Stick it somewhere you can see easily on your first day to remind yourself of the good things you have to look forward to.

Think about what you're looking forward to at school

8. Talk to someone

If school is really getting you down remember you're not alone. As difficult as it may seem, talking to a friend, parent or someone you can trust can really help. 

For more tips and advice, check out our Looking After Yourself guide. 

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