It’s that time of year again. Students go back to school as their parents rejoice in having a clean house once again. For many, going back to school is an exciting time in one’s life. It serves as a fresh start, one step closer to one’s goals, and another chance to dive deeper in academia to find one’s self. Returning to school may also serve as a nerve wrecking time. Although exciting and full of promise it is also months of late nights to study, deadlines for papers, and disappointment with the portrayal of school and socializing in the media.
Here are five tips for people going back to school. These tips will help you go through a stress free (or at least a stress less) semester.
1. Know your triggers and stressors
Knowing what makes you anxious, nervous, and stressed is the best way to then be able to cope with your emotions and feelings. If you know that being in a large group of people makes you feel uneasy, try picking a class with a smaller size or even going online.
2. Stay organized
Staying organized will help you to cope with stress a bit easier because you know where everything is and what you have to do for the day. Rushing out the door to a class that is 10 minutes away that starts in 3 minutes is no fun, especially when you have to find that paper that is due today which is buried under all of your clothes.
3. Plan ahead
This is a lot like staying organized. Having a plan is the best way to make sure you are prepared for what the day may bring as well as making sure you are mentally and physically able tackle anything that comes your way. If you have a presentation in class and you have to walk to said class, checking the weather can save you from getting rained on then feeling self-conscience the rest of the day.
4. Find a support system
Finding a group of people that have your back is a blessing. These people can be from your school or a group within your school, your religious affiliation, a sports team, online, or a bunch a cool people that you know you can always run to with your problems. Make sure these people have your best interest in mind.
5. Talk to a professional
If your emotions and feelings are getting the best of you to the point where it is causing you or others discomfort, speak to a professional. Most schools provide this service, if not seek help outside of your school. It’s okay if ask for help, the wisest know when they’ve done all they can do.
Hopefully, these tips will ease your mind a bit this semester. Remember if you are dealing with too much to the point where it is taking a toll on your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others, take a break. You are more important than a GPA.