Probably very few of us are willing to admit it, but the summer is coming to a close. The stores are already displaying fall and Halloween decorations (way to early!) and soon everything, from coffee to candles, will be pumpkin spice scented or flavored. This also means that it is back-to-school season. It is very common for students to feel those beginning of the school year jitters. So how can you cope? Here are some suggestions:
*Know that these feelings are very normal. Students of all ages and abilities, parents, and even teachers experience new school year nervousness. Such emotions are prevalent during times of change.
*Prep yourself early. Start getting your materials ready now versus later. Purchasing a new backpack, notebooks, binders, etc. before school starts will help you feel prepared – and more confident as well.
*Develop a routine and consider sleep training. Going back to a highly structured routine can be overwhelming, especially after the lazy days of summer. Sleep training involves prepping your body for the sleeping and waking cycle that going to school requires. Practicing your schedule a few days or weeks ahead of time makes the morning rush feel like less of a shock.
*There’s lots to look forward to! Seeing your friends again, making new friends, field trips, and the list goes on!
*Remember that there are so many resources out there to help you in any capacity. If something is not working out, reach out to your parents, teachers, tutors, or any other individuals that you trust. We are all here to help you succeed!
Good luck to everyone in the 2017-2018 school year!