Whether you are a parent, teacher, or student, the beginning of a school year and the end of the summer season can bring about a mix of emotions. A schedule change and new activities bring added workload and pressure into the picture.
At the Mind Spa, we believe transition periods can be an optimal opportunity to develop a strategy to cope with emotional changes.
For some guidance on how to get started, check out Dr. Mason’s tips below for an emotionally healthy school year:
Feelings and emotions come and go depending on the day and circumstance. However, if emotions persistently present themselves, it may be a good idea to take a closer look. When it comes to complex emotions, it is normal to feel unsure about what you are experiencing because emotions take time and attention to process.
One helpful way to be mindful of your emotions is by creating the space to process them. This can look like jotting down feelings and concerns in a journal or simply taking a 5–10-minute break to breathe and be present.
Practicing awareness with a technique that works best for you is a sure step in the right direction when processing emotions.
Communicate with Someone You Trust
Often, verbalizing how we feel can help us sort through complex emotions. This is also an effective way to accept your emotions and destigmatize complex feelings. Talking to a trusted individual, whether a parent, teacher, or spouse, has been shown to lessen feelings of shame and guilt. Remember, you do not have to do it alone, and you may surprisingly find that others also feel the same way.
Prioritize Your Wellness
A new schedule and season can often lead to challenges in maintaining a work-life balance. This is the very time that many of us dive head-in first, making it difficult to upkeep personal wellness. Establishing healthy boundaries with work and striving for work-life balance is a great way to manage all the stressors that life throws our way. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself and to carve out the space to do the things you love. The Summer may be almost over, but spending time with loved ones, being outdoors, and taking a moment to relax never goes out of season.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
While we all want to do it all, the reality is that it takes a village to make things happen. Juggling multiple things at once can be exciting until it becomes too much, and we cannot stop. Having a support system to help you navigate life changes is the best way to set yourself up for success. Whether from a parent, neighbor, colleague, or licensed professional, getting the additional support you need can make all the difference.
The Mind Spa wishes you and yours a healthy new School season!