Updated: Aug 25
Shared by Not Broken Therapy & Wellness
Although both exciting and nerve-wracking, transitioning from the carefree days of summer to the structured routine of going back to school can be a challenging experience for students of all ages.
EMBRACE THE CHANGE
Change, even when anticipated, can trigger feelings of stress and anxiety. However, with a little preparation and a positive mindset, this transition can be an opportunity for growth and learning.
In this blog post, we'll explore why change is difficult, and more importantly, suggest practical ways to manage stress and embrace the changes that come with going back to school.
REASONS WHY CHANGE IS SO FUCKING HARD
Comfort Zones Our comfort zones are like a warm cocoon that offers security and familiarity. Moving out of this zone can be unsettling, even if the change is for the better. Fear of the Unknown Uncertainty can trigger anxiety as we grapple with what lies ahead. Going back to school brings new teachers, subjects, and challenges that are often unknown. Disruption of Routine Summers offer a break from the routine of school, and readjusting can be challenging. Returning to early mornings and packed schedules can feel overwhelming. Social Pressure Changing classes or schools may also mean encountering new social dynamics and relationships, leading to feelings of self-doubt or peer pressure. Emotional Attachment We can develop emotional attachments to our current situations, habits, and lifestyles. Letting go of these attachments can be emotionally challenging, even if we recognize that change is necessary for growth. Past Experiences Negative past experiences related to change can create a fear of repeating similar hardships. People may carry the emotional baggage of previous changes, leading them to resist future ones. Fear of Failure Change often involves taking risks, and the fear of failure can be a significant deterrent. People may hesitate to embrace change if they worry about potential negative outcomes.
So, What Can We Do About It??
Create a Positive Mindset Embrace the transition as an opportunity for growth and new experiences. Focus on the positive aspects of going back to school, such as reuniting with friends and engaging in exciting learning opportunities. Gradual Adjustment Ease into the back-to-school routine gradually. Start setting earlier bedtimes and waking up times a week or two before school starts to avoid a sudden shock to the system. Organize and Plan Prepare yourself mentally and physically for the changes ahead. Organize your school supplies, set up a study space, and plan your daily schedule to create a sense of order and control. Stay Connected Reach out to friends and classmates before school starts. Discussing shared feelings about returning to school can be reassuring and help build a support system. Seek Help Talk to parents, teachers, or school counselors about your concerns and fears. Having someone to listen and offer guidance can make the transition smoother. Practice Mindfulness Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your routine to reduce stress and stay present. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, and journaling can help process emotions and maintain focus. Embrace Extracurricular Activities Participating in extracurricular activities and hobbies can help balance academic stress and provide opportunities to make new friends. Set Realistic Goals Set achievable goals for the school year. Break them down into smaller milestones to track your progress and celebrate your successes.