For some students, going back to school is an exciting thing. They get to reunite with their friends, meet new classmates, and take new classes. However, for others, going back to school can trigger feelings of anxiety and depression.
Why it happens?
Back-to-school blues is a real thing. It can be easily detected among students at the start of the year.
There are several factors that can trigger these feelings.
One of which is the fear of the unknown. Some students feel more anxious in not knowing who their teachers or classmates will be. For some, these feelings can be triggered by certain expectations (i.e. it will be a tough year, etc.).
Can you prevent back-to-school blues?
Fortunately, there are things students and parents can do to help manage the emotional struggle about returning to school:
- Practice the first day of school routine
Preparing for everything you need for school, getting into a good bedtime routine, and learning to prepare easy-to-pack meals will make your mornings run more smoothly!
- Know your neighbors
If you’re attending a new school, going around your block and getting to know neighbors especially those of your age can help in alleviating anxiety. Who knows you may end up having a friend or friends in your new school even before school starts?
- Seek help
Don’t be afraid to seek help especially if the stress of going back to school is too much.
Talk to your parents, friends, or seek professional help. Having someone to talk to about these things can make a difference.