Back To School Mental Health Tips
Nathan Perkins • August 28, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic induced elevated levels of panic, stress, fear, and anxiety all over the world. Being cooped up at home for several months, fearing being exposed to the virus, and adjusting to the new normal caused drastic changes in everyone’s routine.
As a student, going back to school in the middle of a health crisis can be challenging and exhausting. Since everybody is urged to practice social distancing and observe safety measures, many schools and universities opted to conduct classes online. To gear up for the upcoming academic year, here are some back-to-school tips you can keep in mind to help you take better care of your mental health:
- Promote open communication
It’s important to promote open communication with your teachers, parents, family members at home, and fellow students as the school year begin. Ask your parents and others who live with you to help you create a study nook that is conducive to learning and keep them posted about your schedule so you can reduce your distractions, especially in the middle of your online classes.
As for your teachers, having internet connection problems and other technical issues such as power outages and a broken computer or equipment can be a cause of issues with your academic performance. To avoid misunderstandings, reach out to them and inform them of the technical challenges you are encountering so you can arrive at a solution that is beneficial to everyone.
On the other hand, if you are dealing with emotional triggers that can cause you to perform poorly in school, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from reputable therapists. They treat your information with the utmost confidentiality so you are assured that your concerns are kept private, and you can have peace of mind knowing a trustworthy person supports you.
- Establish a support system
A solid support system helps boost your overall well-being and foster your mental wellness. Reach out to friends, family members, and other people whom you trust and foster a stronger relationship with them. Check on one another every once in a while and keep each other accountable through open communication. Since meeting in person can be challenging at present, consider updating each other through text messages, chat, video calls, and other platforms.
When you find yourself having trouble establishing your support system or looking for people whom you can rely on, you can always opt to find online therapists. They are trusted professionals who are more than capable of caring for your mental health and help you gain academic excellence during this troubling time.
- Practice self-care
Self-care is important especially during this time of a pandemic. Foster your well-being by unwinding, caring for yourself, and reducing your stress levels. Look for healthy coping mechanisms, such as working out, treating yourself with a box of your favorite baked goodies, binge-watching a new TV series, or simply having a warm bath after a long, stressful day.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and caring for it is crucial in this overwhelming time. Keep in mind the tips listed above and feel free to book online therapy services when you need a helping hand.
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