- Dr. Rashanta Bledman
Back to school time!!!
Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or commuter, you probably realize that it is "Back to School" time. It affects all of us. For some of us, it means not being able to make a right turn on red light at certain times of the day; while for others it means returning to the classroom and/or campus. And often for everyone, it means an increase in stress and anxiety.
Here are some tips to get you through those first few weeks of the semester!
1. Prepare the night before. Make sure your bag/purse is packed, have an idea of what you will wear, check your planner (that I know you will at least use for the first two days of the semester) to get an idea of what is ahead tomorrow, and go to bed at a reasonable time. I know that a "reasonable time" is not a phrase that occurs in the life of a college student, but you would be surprised how much a good night's sleep can help with concentration and overall well-being. http://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why.aspx
2. Eat breakfast! It really is super important. It will be much easier to concentrate in that 8am class if you have something in your stomach. Plus, you don't want to have your stomach growling in the middle of that pop quiz, do you? https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast#1
3. Engage in mindfulness and meditation practices. Whether you are walking to your next class on the other side of campus or getting ready to completely ace that exam, you can fit in a brief meditation. Regular practice can have significant positive effects on your mental health. It is impossible to be stressed and calm at the same time! https://www.stopbreathethink.com/ https://www.headspace.com/
4. Get social support. We thrive in situations where we have support and encouragement. Be sure to connect with supportive friends and family members. Join a club/organization. Go to individual and/or group therapy to talk through your concerns.
One thing I forgot to mention is the amazing sales that come along around "Back to School" time. I'm getting ready for the Sephora and Ulta sales to continue feeding my inner makeup guru. Maybe treat yourself to a new pen, or backpack, or lipstick to signify a fresh start to the new (school) year! -Dr. B
How's the new school year going for you? Leave a comment below!