Not Just Back-to-School, but Well-to-School

With new teachers and classmates, new routines and more schoolwork, the beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and stressful time, whether you are entering first grade or your first semester at college. This time can be particularly overwhelming when facing major transitions such as moving to a new city or beginning a new school. Here are a few tips to ease the transition:

  • Begin establishing a “back to school” routine at least one week prior to school starting.
  • Visit a new school prior to the first day to locate classrooms, the cafeteria and the playground or to check out the parking situation. If you can’t visit, take a virtual tour on the school’s website.
  • Make it a point to engage with at least one school activity to make a connection in the first few weeks. If you are a parent, try to volunteer once or twice to get to know your child’s teachers and classmates.
  • Anxiety and stress about starting school is normal and usually passes within the first few days or weeks. If anxiety or stress continues for a prolonged period of time, talk to someone and get help.

Courtesy of Mental Health America