Helping you get through tough times

Heading back to school?

School is such a different experience for everyone and heading back can mean many things. 

pencils, pens, notebooks and rulerHowever you feel, it’s understandable to be sad the days of lie-ins are over, and worried about how things are going to go. You also could be be excited about seeing people and getting started.

It’s not unusual to feel:

  • stressed or anxious
  • excited, as it’s time to see friends again, get new stationery (we know Flying Tiger have made this a surprisingly exciting thing)
  • sad or down with holidays are over
  • pressure or expectations from yourself or others
  • physically sick, including headaches or migraines
  • concerned about work load or exams coming up.

No matter where you’re at, here are a few tips to help motivate you for the new school year.

Look after yourself

Take time out to do something you enjoy. Start the new year as you wish continue and regular exercise and eating well should be a part of this.

Set goals

This may seem like overkill as teachers and your parents will have goals for you. But. think about the things you might like to achieve during the year.

These might be school related goals, for example, getting good marks in English and Maths. Or, they might be more personal goals, for example to get take up a new sport or hobby. Check out setting goals.

Get involved with something new

This is a good way to get back into things at school and make new friends.

Think about trying things you haven’t before,like:

  • sport (most schools offer a range of different team sports)
  • music
  • debating
  • drama
  • student’s council
  • whatever’s available … trying new things are great for your wellbeing.

Have something to look forward to

Sometimes having something to look forward to  helps if it’s hard getting to grips with being back at school. Plan something with your friends after school or do something fun over the weekend.

If you are starting at a new school, check out that section. If you’re really stressed with the thoughts of going back, talk to someone about how you’re feeling.

This could be a friend or family member, or sometimes talking to someone who is outside your situation can really help. Don’t forget it could be a school counsellor, school nurse, or a teacher. Their job to be there to support students.

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