Stressed about returning to school? Students, from preschool to university age commonly dread leaving the relaxation of summer behind for the beginning of another school year. It’s perfectly normal to be nervous, you probably have high hopes and expectations for the coming school year, as well as a ton of questions: What will the teachers be like? Will the classes be hard or easy? Will my child make friends?
School can be stressful, and beginning a new year is never easy. It brings a lot of uncertainty which can leave you unsure and nervous, especially after a quiet summer vacation where you don’t have to worry as much. But while it’s common to worry about school, it’s not always necessary. Here are a few tips on how to calm these nerves down.
Get all the textbooks, pencils, and school supplies ready a few days in advance so you’re not scrambling the night before. You’ll only be more stressed if you’re trying to buy everything at the last minute. You’ll also be able to take advantage of better deals, as school supplies can be expensive.
Get used to earlier mornings
If the kids spent the whole summer waking up at 9:00 a.m., start waking them up earlier so they’re not totally groggy on the first day. It can be a hard change to make. If you’re having difficulty adjusting, try going to bed earlier, or energize yourself in the morning with some exercise.
Establish a routine
If you know they kids be leaving the house at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m., start creating a routine where they eat a healthy breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and a snack around 3:30. You can create grocery shopping lists around this routine: if you know you’ll want apples and peanut butter after school, add that to the list next time you go to the supermarket.
If you’re stressed, exercise releases endorphins which can help you relax. Anxious about the coming school year? Go jogging or play soccer in the park. Physical activity can take your mind off your worries and provide an outlet for nervous energy.
Talk to a friend or another parent
If you’re worried about something in particular, it often helps to talk to someone. Heard one of the teachers will be especially difficult? Call a friend and talk it out, or develop a strategy to help your child do well in the class. Chances are, your friends and other parents have gone through the same things you’re going through.
Relax and enjoy the last few days of summer!
It’s another nine months before you get to lounge outdoors by the pool, so take advantage of every minute. This is the time to do anything you and the kids haven’t done so far this summer: movies, mini golf, art projects, etc. Or you can just enjoy the pleasure of a few relaxed days before your life really kicks into high gear!
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