As school begins again, everyone is sure to experience a whirl of emotions. You might feel excitement about new classes and new friends or happiness at seeing old friends and teachers again. At the same time, you might experience fear, nervousness, or anxiety at the approach of the school year, and that is perfectly normal. Fortunately, you don’t have to feel that way all the time and there are ways to overcome the stresses of a new year at school. Here’s some quick tips to help manage stress, cope with emotions, and deal with negativity in constructive ways.
Study hard, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.
While studying hard will get you A’s and keep you in your parents’ good graces, neglecting to take time for yourself will hurt you in the long run and cause an awful buildup of stress. Don’t forget to do things for fun once in a while. Hanging out with good friends, spending time alone, or watching your favorite movie can recharge your spirits and give you the emotional space you need after a stressful time in school.
I know how easy it is to get frustrated and overwhelmed in school. Sometimes we are so focused on projects and tests that we forget to put it all in perspective. It’s important to walk through your educational journey with a mindful attitude. When you’re overwhelmed, remind yourself what all of this is for. Step back and remember that while it’s hard right now, it won’t always be. Don’t be afraid to release your emotions and allow yourself to experience what you are really feeling, but don’t let yourself get too tangled in the moment. Mindfulness allows us to experience our feelings in a proper perspective and let them pass away in due time.
Never let people drag you down.
Unfortunately, many students experience bullying in school. While there is no quick way to make bullies disappear, you can diminish the amount of hurt you may experience. Try to let the hate slide off. Don’t let someone else dictate how you feel. You are the only person who is in control of your feelings. Don’t forget that bullies can be reported and action can be taken to deal with them. Remember you are loved and valued by many and no bully can ever take away your worth.
Allow yourself to let go of the negative people in your life.
I know from experience that toxic friendships and relationships can greatly affect someone’s happiness. Whether it’s a significant other, a family member, or a friend, don’t be afraid to distance yourself from those who make your life any less than wonderful. Letting go of someone hurts, but allowing yourself to lose that negativity and pain will pay off in the long run and allow you to focus on what really matters.
Don’t be afraid to aim high.
Did you skip out on debate last year because you were too scared? Have you avoided trying out for sports or interviewing for a job because you’re worried you’ll fail? This year, don’t let that hold you back. Try visualizing your goals every day. Practicing hard, working continually, and persisting will help you achieve your aims. You probably hear it all the time, but don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by failure. Trust me, your greatest regret will not be that you failed, but that you never tried at all.