My school experience has been pretty different to most people so when it comes to advice on school related issues, I'm not the best. But one thing I do know a whole lot about is anxiety. I'm probably anxious about 95% of the time and in school it gets much worse. So today I thought I'd share with you some of the things I do to reduce anxiety about and in school.
1. Sleep- Going to bed early is just a whole life tip because if you get enough sleep you'll always better. Not sleeping enough effects you so much and will normally make you more anxious.
2. Get up early- This might contradict my last point but go to bed early and you can get up early. If you have to rush in the mornings because you pressed snooze too many times, you're more likely to forget things and be late. Getting up with a good amount of time means you can be prepared for the day.
3. Eat- Having breakfast or taking a snack to school will make you feel better. I don't like to have lunch while I'm at school so I eat breakfast and take a cereal bar for break, and then have a very late lunch at home. A lot of people say that they don't have time for breakfast in the morning but if you get up early, problem solved. It may not seem like it at the time but eating is more important than an extra five minutes in bed.
4. Do homework the night you get it- I always did this because I knew how much I panicked over it. If you do the homework as soon as possible, you can a) ask for help if you need it, b) be happy knowing you're caught up with work and you don't have to stress over it so much anymore, and c) remember the lesson clearly because it was more recent.
5. Be organised- The night before pack your bag, and find the clothes you'll wear. Write a list of all the things you need for each day (if that's homework or a certain book). Learn your timetable if you can. All these things will mean you don't have to worry in the rush of the morning or be sat in a lesson and suddenly realise you needed your PE kit that day. Knowing everything you need to know about your school day will massively reduce anxiety.
6. Focus- Try your best to be mentally present in lessons. This was a difficult one for me because my mind was always on something else but as it turns out, listening actually helps. Who'd have thought it? If you listen to the teacher, you don't have to worry about them randomly selecting you to answer a question and then having the moment of pure embarrassment when you say 5x5 is 12 (yes that did happen to me). Also, you'll do better in your school work if you actually listen and understand.
7. Find safety- When I went back to school, this was a big one for me. Basically, find a place or a person to go to if you feel like it's all to much. My anxiety was very bad and unpredictable so it was great to have somewhere in school I knew I could go when I would panic. I was lucky that my school was good at looking after me and I know they aren't all like that which is usually when it's good to be honest with friends or teachers and let them know that sometimes you need extra help.
8. Join clubs- I wish I had joined school clubs. In year 7 I was in string group where I was one of three who played the cello and it was great but I have never joined another. A lot of the time it feels 'uncool' or just a waste of time but it is genuinely one of the best things about school. They're offering a chance to learn what you actually want to learn and not just the curriculum (something which many people say school should do and luck would have it, they do. I guess they should more but that isn't the point). It also gives the opportunity to make new friends which is why I should have just joined clubs instead of avoiding them. This will lower anxiety because it is something in school you can enjoy making you actually want to go. And having a broader social life within school can help if you ever worry about being alone in lessons or sitting alone at lunch times.
Tomorrow is the first day in three years that I will go back to school with the rest of my class and will be my last year of high school before college/sixth form. I'm very nervous but also excited. This time next year I will have done my GCSEs and will know what I'm doing next (I definitely don't at the moment). It'll be fun and I'll keep you updated as always. That's all for now, hope to see you next time. Bye