Coping with the first day at a new educational establishment can be daunting and stressful for some. Not knowing any of the other students, worrying about the difficulty of the work, if you are up to the right standard, and not knowing where anything is or where to go.
If you are optimistic about your first day and focus on all the things you are looking forward to in the coming year it will make the experience much less stressful. There are some handy tips to help you through the first few days. Make sure you get into a routine of getting a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast before days at school or university as this will help with anxiety and energy levels. If you have to travel to get there, check the bus or train timetables and have one last check the night before so you know what time it will leave, and how long it will take you to get to the bus stop or station.
Everyone has gone to a new place for the first time at some time during their lives, so do not feel scared to ask for directions or help, most people you meet will have felt a little overwhelmed in their first few days. Once you are settled in, when you know where everything is and you've got into the swing of things, try to get into good study habits as this will help and continue to help more as the year goes on. If you are still nervous, plan fun things to do after stressful days, go to the cinema with friends or relax at home with your family. Remember everyone has been in the same position as you at some time, it is perfectly normal to be nervous.
During your academic career there are a few tricks you can practice to help your mood, performance and confidence. Power napping for 20 minutes is a good way to rest and boost your motivation, exercise is not only good for keeping fit but for reducing stress as well. If you only have a couple of moments try a few breathing exercises or listen to some music that relaxes you, this will provide a couple of minutes break and calm you down, allowing you to reflect. At the end of the day you cannot control everything and sometimes talking to someone is the best thing to do.
If you want some additional help, or think these things won’t work, you could try hypnotherapy. It can help identify the root cause of the stress and anxiety you are struggling with, and help produce a plan to address these problems in a manageable way. It can also help bring to light and reinforce positive thoughts and qualities you have about your education and yourself. Furthermore it can compliment and enhance the results of other stress and anxiety reduction techniques, all of this can be done by Sheila Granger's Educational Performance Practitioners.