Updated: Mar 14
It’s been a while since some of us have had to be up, dressed and out of the house and back on the school run. Here are some suggestions to make these first few days back to school a little smoother for us all.
Some of us have had the little luxury of sleeping in until 8 am or not getting up and out of bed as early as we usually do. Is the thought of earlier wake-ups sending shivers down your spine? Ease yourself back into it. Start by waking or getting up 15 minutes earlier each day in the build back up to the earlier school alarm time. This will help prepare yourself and your mindset and ease yourself back in rather than experiencing the shock of that first day back alarm call.
Work out what you need and make sure you get yourself ready over a few days before school returns. This week is a great opportunity to check you have those school essentials, you have found your school face masks, located your PE kit, and that your school shoes still fit. Leaving things like this to the last minute can contribute to worries and anxieties, which can then escalate on the day itself. By being organised a little ahead of time, you can reassure yourself that you are ready and that you have a clear mind to focus on the day ahead.
If you are unsure of what to expect when you return to school, it is OK to ask. Speak to your Parents or Carers about your questions or any concerns you might have or contact your form tutor with any questions. This leads on from being organised and will enable you to have a clear mind ahead of your return to school.
Speak to friends:
If you are someone who hasn’t had much communication with friends over the school closure, now is a good time to get back in touch. You may not be able to see each other as you did before closures, but you will soon be back together in your class or year bubbles. Reaching out to them over text is a great way to start a conversation if you aren’t feeling confident to video call them. Sending a quick “hello” text can help break the ice and start that conversation again.
Remember: you’ve got this!
Take a deep breath in through your nose and slowly breathe out through your mouth, acknowledge that you might be feeling a little anxious about returning to school, but you have got this. Look back at the time you have been at home and reflect on how far you have come. You have attended remote schooling, something that wasn’t even a ‘thing’ this time last year. You have already made it through one school closure and subsequent return, and you will do it again.