It’s that time of the year again when students of all grades begin to feel their anxiety rise; as the end of the trimester and the possibility of an exam or a final paper loom large. For many kids, their fall has been a flurry of new faces and attempting to settle in—stretching their social muscles and finding their places amongst the student body. Within the whirlwind of all of that, it is suddenly November and that signals the closing of the first trimester of their year. Unfortunately, it also signals exams, final projects, and a rise in many of our students' stress levels.
School has finally begun again and things are as “normal” as they are going to get for the moment. Schoolwork, social interactions, and big transitions have suddenly been thrust upon these kids who have had their lives disrupted for the last 7 months. All of these things often lead to the same place—STRESS! Stress is a normal and natural part of our human experience, however, learning how to effectively manage our own stress is a lifelong endeavor.
We don’t know about you all, but we are incredibly grateful to have the ability to head back to campus next week and see our students and colleagues live and in person! In the midst of what has been such an uncertain and difficult time, this ability to return to campus is certainly a bright spot for us all. We’d like to take this moment to talk about how recognizing this “bright spot” is beneficial for our emotional well being.
Many of us have lost our routines and our kids in particular have probably been off of their track for so long they may struggle a little bit to get back on. We should all expect some pushback and struggle, but now is the time to begin getting back to routines, schedules and definitely some better sleep hygiene.
No matter what you call it, how you experienced it or what political affiliation you most consider yourself, I think we can all agree that COVID 19 and the shutdown of our country was disruptive for everyone. As Solebury School gears up for fall, whether your student is returning in person or virtually, I think it is safe to say that we can expect the transition may have some speed bumps.