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Mentally Preparing for Back to School Season 

The start of the school year is upon us, bringing with it a mix of excitement and uncertainty. Whether you’re a student returning to your familiar classrooms or starting at a new school, the back to school transition can stir a range of emotions in any of us.  

To help prepare you for that first day and beyond, we’re sharing tips on how to tackle the changes and enjoy the school year. 

Set Realistic Goals and Expectations  

Define what you want to achieve this school year, and be sure to consider academic as well as some personal development goals. Depending on your grade level, you might want to prepare for SAT and ACT tests or join a new club. Be realistic about how much you can accomplish and understand that not every day will be perfect, and that’s okay. When you embrace the opportunities presented to you, you’ll have fun, learn, and grow. 

Establish a Balanced Routine 

Transitions are often smoother when there is some structure around them. Begin establishing a daily routine that includes self-care activities, such as exercise, hobbies, and relaxation. Having balance and stability will help you effectively manage the emotions brought on by school and in other parts of your life.  

Remember You’re Not Alone 

While school is a place filled with people, it can still feel lonely. But remember that school presents opportunities to connect with others. It may not be easy, but try to push yourself out of your comfort zone – find clubs, peers, and activities you enjoy.    

Seek Out Mental Health Resources 

Many of us find much needed support and also experience some release when we turn to others for help. If the start of the school year brings a wave of emotions, contact a therapist or get in touch with your school’s guidance counselor to discuss how you’re feeling and how to resolve your concerns. Having your feelings validated can greatly benefit your overall well-being.  

Not Sure Where to Begin? Reach Out to NRS 

The team of staff and trained volunteers at the National Runaway Safeline is available 24/7 to provide you with free, confidential support and guidance. No pressure and no judgement. Connect with us at NRS by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or via live chat, email, or the digital forum at 



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