It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious and stressed as the start of the school year approaches. If you’re going to a new school, sixth form or college, for example, you might be nervous about having new teachers, getting used to a new timetable and making new friends. You’ll also have to shift from holiday mode into a more structured daily routine with early starts and homework in the evenings.
Anxiety and stress can make you feel grumpy, tired and generally overwhelmed. It can even lead to headaches, tummy aches and other physical symptoms. If you’re struggling with any of these, this article by the Good Thinking team contains five tips to help you focus on what you can control and feel more positive.
We’re here to help all Londoners boost their mental health – we hope you find our advice useful.
If you feel extremely distressed about school or something else, speak to your GP or call the 24/7 NHS mental health helpline in your borough. If you’re in immediate danger and it’s a medical emergency, call 999 straight away.