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As the summer heat rolls on, back-to-school season is in full swing. Despite the hours dedicated to supply shopping, orientations and fixing sleeping schedules, there never seems to be enough time to prepare. 

For parents and students alike, back-to-school season is a new chapter each year with its own stresses. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year will see unique challenges. 

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed as the school year begins, so we at ITM want to share our tips on how to manage this stress and anxiety so your year can be as successful as possible. 

  1. Focus on familiarity 

Introducing new routines into anyone’s schedule can be intimidating. Whether it’s not knowing how to get to your college classes on campus, or feeling anxious about meeting new people, it’s important to establish a sense of familiarity with your new routine. Ask questions when you’re unsure and allow yourself enough time in your new schedule to memorize the routines.

2.                  Set reasonable expectations 

Setting goals or expectations for yourself at the beginning of the school year is a great way to create a vision for the year. If you are a parent, setting reasonable expectations for your student’s study habits is important. Establishing these early is best. 

3.                  Stay active 

After a long day of fluorescent lights and taking notes, it’s important to take effort in staying active. Walking home, taking a light jog or even just stretching after class helps your blood flow and keeps your heart rate up. 

4.                  Stick to a sleeping schedule

A good night’s rest goes a long way. Especially for young children who are exhausted from a full school day after a year of virtual learning, sleep is vital to keeping anxiety and stress manageable. 

5.                  Talk it out

Friends, family and professionals are all great resources for when you’re experiencing stress. If your child is having difficulty managing their stress, give them a safe environment where they can express their feelings.