01 Aug Overcoming Back To School Stress
Back to school season can be stressful. Whether you’re a student, parent, teacher, worker or just feeling the weight of summer ending, it can be easy to give in to stress. But, you don’t have to let that stress overcome you. Use these tips to help overcome back to school stress and enjoy the season.
Realize you’re stressed
It sounds so easy. Just understand that you’re stressed and identify the feeling. However, it’s not always easy. It can be difficult to differentiate between normal, every day frustrations and annoyance and overwhelming stress. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on what you’re feeling and how you’re feeling it. Do you feel like you can’t get your emotions under control? Is your stress affecting your physical health? Learning to identify your stress is the first step in being able to properly manage it.
Make a plan
For some people, planning can make stress worse. If that’s true for you, there may be other ways to cope with the feeling of back to school stress. But for those who feel better checking off lists and marking through to-do’s, set aside time at the beginning of the week to make a plan. If you’re a parent, plan out practices and lunches and everything else that can add up to a stress overload. If you work in a school, maybe you need to meal prep to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and your nutritional needs throughout the week. Or, maybe you just need a daily to-do list to remind yourself that you can take on the day.
Get plenty of sleep
Getting enough sleep each night is essential to proper stress management. With a new school routine or schedule, it might be hard for you to get the sleep you need. Bedtimes aren’t just for children, though. Setting a routine for yourself or your family and sticking to it can help you make sure that good sleep is a priority. Make sure that you’re taking time to “unplug” at night and getting comfortable.
Talk to a behavioral health therapist
If you feel like your stress is overwhelming, it might be the right time to talk with a behavioral health specialist. These are professionals who can help diagnose and manage behavioral health conditions and other disorders. Stress, anxiety and depression can be more common for people with chronic pain. Because of this, working with a behavioral health specialist is helpful for many who experience acute or chronic pain. If back to school stress is affecting you in ways that don’t seem normal, be sure to talk to your doctor about seeing a professional who can help you manage your stress.
Overcoming back to school stress
Are you ready to conquer back to school stress? Remember, if you feel like you can’t manage your stress or emotions, be sure to talk to your doctor. If you have chronic pain, it’s also important to remember that you could be more prone to stress, so managing your stress is an important step in managing your chronic pain. Use these tips to keep yourself happy and healthy this back to school season. No apple required!
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