• Doug Tesnow, LCPC

Tips for Managing Back to School Stress


It's time to go back to school. Maybe you're returning to a familiar classroom, embarking on a new journey, or even just starting out in a new building. It's totally normal to feel some stress or nervousness when making transitions like these, but consider these tips to help make these changes easier on yourself. Take your time Oof, was the first day rough? Not so sure about this yet? That's ok! The beginning of any major switch can feel a little uneasy. The way you feel the first week of school will likely change and evolve quite a bit over the year. There are ways to overcome difficult school subjects. You will get to know your classmates. Take things one step at a time. Let the mistakes roll off your back We all want to do well with the things we do. Putting in effort is a great thing to do, but exerting too much pressure on yourself can actually slow you down and cause a lot of unnecessary frustration. Set realistic goals, keep perspective, challenge yourself, but don't beat yourself up when things don't go as planned. Remember that you are not alone! Feeling nervous can be an isolating feeling. Others around you may very likely share similar nervousness and uncertainties, even if it doesn't look like it! Connect with people that you trust, and talk with your friends about how it feels to return to school. Swap stories! Compare strategies! Contact us today if you need further help sorting through any type of life transition.