Look forward, not ‘back’ to school
Where did the summer go? Those long drawn-out weeks have pretty much evaporated. The words ‘back to school’ have been plastered all over shops since the summer started. Now it’s the end of August they might take on extra weight, leaving a sinking feeling in your stomach.
Maybe not so bad
Things are often not as bad we anticipate. Going back to school is no exception. Can you remember a time when you were dreading something, and then it turned out okay? Try to remind yourself of this.
Another method of self-talk to reduce back to school anxiety is to think past the first day and week. Focus on the second day, or the second week. Once you’re back in the swing of it, the new term might be manageable.
Try to think of the positives of a new school year. Catching up with people you’ve barely seen for ages, new timetables and teachers, maybe new subjects. Without being totally cheesy, it’s OK to get a little excited!
Set goals for yourself to break up the year; half-term, Christmas etc. Just do what you can week-by-week, or even day-by-day. Be mindful of what’s going on now – not in a year’s time, it can make things less stressful.
If you’re starting at a new school this might be a particularly worrying end to the summer. But everyone’s been there, you’ll soon make new friends, just try to relax and be yourself.
Worried about bullying
If you’re worried about bullying, it’s important to note that it’s never acceptable. If it has happened to you or someone you know in the past, and particularly if it happens now, you should talk to someone.
Family or friends that you trust is a good place to start. Your school might have a counsellor, or someone you’d feel comfortable talking to. There’s always professional online and telephone help or face-to-face help if you feel you need it.
While they may not always be the best days of your life, there’s no reason why these should be the worst either.
There will always be challenges in school, but as much as possible enjoy yourself. Try to balance school work with relaxation – and remember the start of school is also the start of loads of other things: TV shows, parties, new movies and before long more holidays!