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Mental Health Tips: Back to School

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” 
Albert Einstein

In-Person Classes

Good morning and happy first day of classes! Getting back into a school routine can be very challenging after experiencing an online platform during the pandemic. It is important to have a plan set in place so your on-campus experience can prosper. Going back to in-person classes can trigger anxiety and depression. It is recommended to set goals for yourself in order to have a healthy routine on campus. As an incoming Junior, I can’t wait to share all of these awesome tips and tricks to combat anxiety on the first week back to school!

Remote Vs. In-Person

Throughout this semester change should be expected! It is very possible that at any moment we can go back to all online schools and that’s why I am encouraging you to take advantage of being in a classroom setting. For those of you who don’t know the difference, remote learning takes place all online and In-person takes place in a classroom setting on campus. If you have any classes that are hybrid you also have the chance to take advantage of some in-person learning. Push yourself to get to campus, you will feel much more successful having a steady routine.

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” 
Tom Bodett

5 Tips to Prepare for In-Person Learning

Remember that you are not alone in this experience. You can easily justify your feelings by considering how all your peers may also be feeling. Going back to school is an anxious time and your emotions are completely valid.

  1. Get into a Routine
    • This first tip is a no-brainer. After your first week of classes, you should be well enough adjusted to come up with a stable routine. You don’t necessarily have to schedule your day by the hour, but to have some structure is an awesome way to stay organized. 
  2. Set Goals
    • Making a bi-weekly list of goals is very important for your drive in college. In creating these goals you will be enticed to reach them. Therefore you may become more active with your studies or workouts. Keeping yourself in check is very important for your mental headspace. 
  3. Organization is Key
    • Every week things can get misplaced and messy! Make sure to constantly keep re-organizing yourself and your space. A clear mind is a happy mind. 
  4. Stay Connected
    • Staying connected to a support system when you are away at school is very important. Whether you are confiding in your parents or home friends it is recommended to keep someone updated on your goals and life. 
  5. Be Optimistic
    • Not everything is going to go as planned when you are back on campus! Remember that that’s okay and life can sometimes throw you a curveball. If you are staying positive it will be easy to pick up that curveball and throw it right back at your life. Staying optimistic is the key to success in your on-campus journey.

Concluding Thoughts

Going back to school can definitely bring over some overwhelming feelings. If that’s the case for you, follow the tips shared above for a much more planned out semester on campus. Keeping yourself in check can lead to a much more positive mental space. Good luck with classes, you’re going to crush it!

Sources

https://www.kwqc.com/2021/08/10/dealing-with-back-to-school-anxiety-tips-mental-health-professionals/

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-back-to-school-mental-health-tips/

https://www.inquirer.com/health/kids-return-to-school-mental-health-tips-20210729.html

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