Ah August. As the heat of summer begins to taper, teens are left with a sense of dread, an itch they can’t scratch, an, oh wait, school is about to start.
If you’re lucky, you are free until September. Unfortunately, I am not. Here are some of my tips to destress, rejuvenize, and get you ready for the new school year.
1.) Buy a planner
Believe me it’s so worth it! Write down birthdays, homework due dates, football games, practices, tests, and everything in between.
2.) Get involved
Now it may seem counterintuitive, but hear me out. High school, especially if you go to a large school, is daunting. Even the most social people can have some anxiety over the new experience. Joining a sport, club, or other extracurricular immediately puts you in a group of people with some of the same interests as you. You’re bound to make friends!
3.) Try in ALL your classes
Grades are important, going to class is important, and being present mentally is important. It’s so much easier to do your assignments fully and correctly the first time than to struggle to catch back up at the end of the grading period.
4.) One bad grade will NOT ruin your future
In the wise words of Hannah Montana, “nobody’s perfect.” As much as that grade might suck, if you usually are on top of your work there is a very good chance your teacher will work with you to fix it. Believe me, they probably haven’t gotten all A’s their whole life either.
5.) Pick out your outfit the night before
Maybe it’s just me, but there has been many a morning where I *accidently* overslept (more like just didn’t get up). Scrambling around like a chicken with its head cut off is never a good way to start your morning.
6.) Eat breakfast (and lunch)
It’s quite simple honestly – when I’m hungry, I’m sad. When I’m sad, I get stressed easier. Stay full, stay happy.
7.) Surround yourself with optimistic souls
You’re friends are a big part of your high school experience, of life, make sure you’re with people who inspire you to live a positive life and raise you up.
8.) Don’t worry about or apologize for something that makes you, you
Whether it’s clothes, a hairstyle, your favorite tv show, if it’s important to you then it’s awesome. Don’t feel like you have to act a certain way to fit in. Differences are a beautiful thing.
9.) Don’t be a procrastinator
It’s common sense guys.
10.) Don’t bite off more than you can chew
The beautiful thing about high school is that if something is utterly unenjoyable or you feel like it’s weighing you down, you have the freedom to drop it. Obviously there’s situations where it’s your responsibility to follow through on your commitment, but you shouldn’t have to do something that you absolutely hate. Except school work, you have to do that. 😉
What keeps you sane during the school year? PLEASE, let me know.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35