Back-to-school anxiety was a nightmare for me in my teens. Returning to school was something I dreaded. My stomach would ache just thinking about it.
I was never ready for the holidays to end because I was not prepared to face the bullies and the harsh instructor who made school life impossible.
I was frightened of being labeled weak or called other belittling names in school, therefore I didn’t have the bravery to tell my parents about my anxieties.
In hindsight, I wish I had told them instead of caring about what people would say.
After all, nobody stays in high school for the rest of their lives, and years later, my actions would not matter because we’ve moved on to better things.
Is it normal to get anxiety before school?
It’s natural to feel anxious before the school year starts because you never know what the year will bring. Everyone, however, has a distinct experience.
Some students are eager to see their friends and participate in the entire school experience. The thought of school gets them excited.
Others, on the other hand, dread going back to school because they are afraid of rejection, name-calling, and not knowing what horrible thing might happen next minute.
Depending on the person, back-to-school anxiety can be pleasant or negative.
How do I get over anxiety for going back to school?
Here are six tips for a successful school year and how to calm your anxiety for school.
1. Have a relationship with God
Most people make the mistake of equating God with humiliation. Some people think it’s unfashionable to talk about God, let alone permit Him to help you overcome back-to-school anxiety.
Depending on our desire to commit it all to God, school memories might either bring you joy or grief.
But I guarantee you that if you let God take charge of your life, he will bring you a whole new level of serenity.
I’m not referring to some religious activity, but rather an opportunity to learn more about your Creator. God will lead you and teach you how to deal with problems without losing your cool.
In retrospect, if I actually had a genuine relationship with God, I would have been able to weather all of the bullying and other hardships I faced in high school.
There is more clarity with God in the picture. The choice is yours.
Trust the Lord with all your heart,
and don’t depend on your own understanding.
Remember the Lord in all you do,
and he will give you success.Proverbs 3:5-6 NCV
2. Don’t try to impress everybody
If you ever want to get a good school year, never go to school hoping to make friends with everyone or attempting to make everyone like you. That only happens in the fantasy world.
It’s best not to fake it until you make it, as it will backfire. No matter what we do or how nice we are, everyone will not like us. Allow that to sink in for a moment. That’s just a fact about people.
So why go through all the trouble of trying to be liked. Every term you keep changing what you love just to please some classmates who are still trying to find themselves.
If wrestling is your jam why choose some other sport? Just because you were teased that shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love.
People are entitled to their opinions but their opinions about you should never be your reality. Some people would tease you because they wish they had the courage to do what you are doing.
God created us uniquely. Therefore, I should not be afraid when others express their God-given talent differently from mine and vice versa.
Every time we try to move away from who we are created to be we create chaos within ourselves and those around us. You’re not a duplicate; you’re an original.
3. Discuss with your parents or the school counselor
Discuss your difficulties with your parents or guardian. Never think they won’t understand how you feel.
You’ll be shocked at their response. Even if you have family members who try to put you down that shouldn’t stop you from praying to God even as a beginner and he will direct you on what to do.
If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28 CEV
Speaking with your teacher may also be beneficial. Don’t make your conclusion on an issue when you’ve not given it a try.
4. Get rid of fear and anxiety
Our brains are built to keep us safe. When you walk into class, your brain might interpret a whisper as gossip.
People can find anything amusing, and that’s not your problem. Stop reading meaning into every wink or laugh. This action can ruin your day or stop you from making friends at school.
Please develop confidence or you will despise school and people in general if you are easily offended.
5. Choose your friends wisely
There’s an old saying that says, “Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are.” Don’t choose friends based on their social media following, fame, or how good they are with assignments.
How far you go in life will be determined by the quality of the individuals you choose as friends.
Also, fear of the unknown can lead you into the hands of a manipulator who disguises as a friend. You can make acquaintances, but making friends requires patience.
6. Study smart
Do you even have a strategy for achieving success at the end of the semester? Just because something appears difficult does not mean it is impossible to do.
You don’t want to be the girl who blames everyone else for her issues. Don’t attempt to be a lone ranger; ask questions in class, and join decent study groups.
School anxiety can be a thing of the past if you’re ready to put in the work. I’d like to know how you’ve been able to overcome school anxiety.