5 Tips for Handling Back to School Anxiety
It’s that time of year again! Leaves are falling, pumpkin flavored everything is popping up in cafes and students are heading back to school. Going back to school can be overwhelming and anxiety provoking. A new school year, new teachers and possibly new classmates- so much anticipation. Trust me, I have been there. Having gone back to school throughout k-12 and four years of college, I was always anxious on my first day. Sometimes it was more excitement than fear. This year be prepared and keep these 5 tips in mind.
5 Tips for Handling Back to School Anxiety:
Breathe: I know it can seem redundant to list this because everyone virtually tells anxious people to breathe. It is so important and can help ease anxiety. Focus on breathing in for 5 and out for 7, each breath steady and fluid. Do this for 5 rounds and you will feel the positive effects. Total bonus, nobody can tell you are doing it!
Talk: It may be to your therapist, friend, family members or a teacher. If you have a comfortable enough relationship with this person tell them how you feel. Having someone to talk to will give you peace of mind and reassurance you are not the only one.
Blood Sugar: I remember in high school when I was going through intense anxiety I was also having a hard time balancing my blood sugar. My doctors and nutritionist advised me to eat throughout the day as opposed to 3 meals. For anxious people, it is important to keep a level, balanced blood sugar because when it drops it mimics anxious like symptoms can make you anxious in return. Carry protein bars, fruit and trail mix as natural and healthy blood sugar balancing snacks.
Exercise: Going back to school means your life gets super busy again. It is important to remember to keep your exercise routine going to help balance your mind and body.
Have Fun: With the pressure of grades, connecting with new people and being involved in a million extracurricular activities, who has time for fun? Even if it is carving out 20 minutes to play a game, shoot some hoops or grab ice cream with a friend, fun helps keep us balanced and connected to others.
What are your anxiety tips for going back to school? We would love to hear in the comments below!