Anxious About Going Back to School? You’re Not Alone

5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Life After Quarantine

Karla Pazos, reporter

After months of online learning and self-isolation, we might come back to campus soon.

Although the thought of being able to interact with others and see old friends might sound great to some, to others, it may fill with anxiety. Realistically, life will not go back to normal anytime soon. Some have gotten used to spending so much time alone, and find it difficult to return to a social setting. If you are an introvert feeling anxious about readjusting to life post-quarantine, you are not alone. These steps might help you ease back into a sense of normalcy.  

  1. Find Things to Look Forward to:

Try to remember what you enjoyed doing pre-quarantine, and try slowly incorporating those activities back into your life. However, try doing so in a safe manner. Make an effort to be optimistic about returning to school. It’ll probably feel less convenient leaving your house at first, but you will get used to it. If you are an upperclassmen, try to savor these final moments of your high school experience. 

  1. Don’t Rush Back Into Things:

“Smile, Breathe, and go slowly” –Thich Nhat

Stay safe, and follow social distancing rules. Respect others and their space. If you feel someone is invading your space, don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel uncomfortable. Step out of the room, take a deep breath and try to relax your body. It is completely acceptable to take baby steps. Feeling overwhelmed is normal, but try processing those feelings before forcing yourself back into your old life.  

  1. Don’t Feel Obligated to be a Social Butterfly:

Although you might be thrilled to see your friends again, that doesn’t mean you are obligated to go out every day. To some, that could even be draining. Don’t feel pressured to say yes if you’re not up for it. However, socializing is healthy and is good in regulation, with the proper precautions . 

  1. Keep a Balance:

Going back to your old routine might feel exhausting at first, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is an essential part of staying relaxed. This can be as simple as taking a bath, doing face masks, or reading. Spend more time detached from a screen. Though technology has played a crucial role in all our lives lately, don’t forget to disconnect sometimes and enjoy life around you. It may surprise you how freeing it feels to detach from your phone once in a while.  

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help:

We are in 2021, don’t feel ashamed to ask for help if you are dealing with anxiety about returning to school or if you are feeling down. Whether that’s reaching out to an adult, friend, or therapist. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, these are some numbers you can call in case you need a stranger to listen or vent to. You are not alone.  

“Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.” – Robert Tew

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 

Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000                                                                                                       

 Teen Line: 1-310-855-HOPE (4673) or 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336)