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As summer comes to a close, many students, teachers, and parents are faced with the hassle of the new school year. Here at the Clarity Psychological Group, we realize how especially stressful the return to school can be for all students, but especially those in high school and college. Below are a few tips for easing common school-related worries.

• Lighter but consistent exercise: While the beginning of the school year isn’t the best time to switch up your entire workout routine, you should still reserve time for exercise in your schedule. By lessening the intensity of your regime, you can maintain physical health and naturally relieve stress without exhausting yourself.
• Setting goals and rewarding yourself: Establishing and striving toward reasonable goals is vital for motivation, determination, and ultimately, success. Equally important is the ability to reward oneself for efforts and accomplishments—so treat yourself to a well-deserved indulgence!
• Outlining a schedule: Creating a schedule does wonders for quelling anxiety regarding the future. Having a basic, flexible plan for the upcoming week (or even day) can help you stay on track with minimal worry for things to come.
• Building relationships: One of the most beneficial decisions a student can make is to develop relationships with his or her professors and classmates. While your professor can answer your questions and offer guidance, the friends you make in class can act as study buddies and most importantly, reassure you—after all, you’re not going through this alone!

Again, returning to school can present a wealth of worries to almost all of us, but taking the time to plan ahead and engage actively in self-care can greatly reduce stress. To everyone returning to school this fall, we wish you success in your academic endeavors!

By Kadi Hinley (GSU Intern)