How To Combat Back-To-School Anxiety
For many, the fear of the unknown can cause feelings of anxiety, while those who suffer from depression might feel hopeless about succeeding academically or socially throughout another school year. Plus, teens deal with a lot more than meets the eye - like social bullying, gender confusion, or drug and alcohol abuse.
These tactics can help you or someone you love tackle the upcoming school year:
- Get prepared. Make sure you're prepped with the supplies you'll need and get your class schedule ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect that first day. If you're attending a new school, sign up for orientation or take a tour in advance. That way you're acquainted with where your classrooms, restrooms and locker are located.
- Stick to a schedule. For many with depression, mornings can be tough. Setting a morning schedule that includes basic self-care exercises or stretching, meditation, a healthy breakfast and social interaction with family and friends, can make each day a little less intimidating.
- Talk about it. If you're feeling fearful or anxious about the upcoming school year, express those feelings. Talk through your hesitations with a parent, friend or counselor and brainstorm some healthy coping mechanisms together.
- Do what you love. When you're a teen, fitting in feels important. It's easy to feel depressed or anxious when you're trying to be something you're not. Whether you're a bookworm, jock or social butterfly, find activities or clubs that truly interest you. You'll likely feel a sense of comradery when you're surrounded by likeminded people.