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Back to school time

Going back to school can seem a little daunting. Even though the back to school signs have been around us the last month, it’s still a shock to the system when it actually happens.  

It’s exciting seeing friends again after the holidays, and getting back into a routine. But it’s equally understandable to miss the days of lie-ins and worry about how things are going to go.

Whatever your feelings are, there’s a few things to get the right frame of mind and motivate you for the new school year. Take a look at going back to schooldesks for some ideas.

What you might feel

The beginning of the school year could make you feel:

  • stressed or anxious 
  • excited to see friends again 
  • upset that holidays are over 
  • pressure or expectations from yourself or others about school 

Some people can be so concerned about work load or upcoming exams, or school in general that they’re physically sick, including stomach aches, headaches or migraines. Remember to look after yourself if any of these are the case. Do try to talk to someone about these feelings as they will eventually interfere with your day-to-day activities.


Make sure to schedule in time to do some of the things you enjoy. Getting some exercise and eating well can help. Even if you don’t feel like it, do try. As it’s back to school time, it also means the slide into shorter days. So, it’s important to start a routine of eating well and excerise to try to stick for the winter.


If you’ve been bullied in the past, and are worried it might continue this year, arm yourself with what to do if you’re being bullied. Most schools take this very seriously and have anti-bullying policies, so be sure to know the facts about bullying.

Clean slate

Back to school means different things to different people. It certainly may not be the best days of your life, no matter what you parents say but it’s always a new year, and so a chance for new beginnings. Starting positively with intentions of keeping on top of the work can help prevent pressure building up on you. Easier said than done, we know, but this could be the year of getting really organised, you just never know.

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