Healthy Tips for Returning to School
This year’s back-to-school transition will look different than normal. It is okay to feel a little uncomfortable, a little out of practice or a little unprepared to be back in school after so much time at home. These tips can help you cope with these changes and have a successful year:
- Be kind to yourself and one another as we return to our school routine.
- Get organized. At first, it might be tough to get used to having structure again. Find a system that works for you.
- Practice good classroom and study habits. Participate in class discussions, use your study time wisely and keep personal conversations to a minimum during class. It is important to stay focused and on task.
- Be patient with your teachers. The entire faculty and staff has also experienced this very stressful situation. Be patient and have flexibility as everyone gets back into the swing of things.
- Communicate directly with your teachers. Do your best to be proactive to create a successful environment and positive relationships with your teachers.
Take care of your mental health.
If the pandemic is still causing you to feel anxious, these tips may be helpful:
- Take deep breaths. Breathe in, count to four, and breathe out. Repeat.
- Practice mindfulness. Ground yourself in the “now.” Notice the things you see, smell and hear.
- Talk about it. Talk about your feelings with a parent, counselor, friend or anyone with whom you feel comfortable. It can also be helpful to write about how you feel.
- Our wellness counselor, Ms. Kat Lammering, is available to you by appointment. To make an appointment, email her directly. She will then respond with the date and time for a meeting.
- Come to school with a mask.
- Practice social distancing.
- Practice good hand hygiene.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.