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  • Writer's pictureRemi Young

Back to school and Mental Health

Just last week, summer felt like it was still in full swing. This week, children are getting their minds prepared to go back to school in just a few short days. In just one blink, New England weather can change from 85 degree clear skies to breezy fall weather. It's as if mother nature knows that it is time to move on from the summer to begin concentrating on school work. While this may be sad to think about, its part of life that cant be stopped. How can one continue to thrive and be successful amidst this rapid change? The key is forming and maintaining your positive mental health.

The importance of picking a goal, analyzing your weaknesses and building confidence:

Below is a concept that will help you as you transition back into the school year:

The first step is picking a goal. "Just pick a goal, a goal you truly want to achieve, and take a clear-eyed look at your weaknesses -- not so you'll feel less confident, but so you can determine exactly what you need to work on.” (Jeff Haden)

Once you choose and understand your goals as big or small as they may be, you can put your mind to work, honing in on what means the most to you as an INDIVIDUAL. This looks different for everyone and is something to celebrate.

Once you know what you want to accomplish, “get to work. Celebrate small successes. Analyze your weaknesses. Keep going. As you gain skill, you'll also gain a feeling of genuine confidence, one that can never be taken away--because you've earned it.” (Jeff Haden)

If you work for something, it will always feel better than something that has been given to you. Work for your successes, always maintain humility and don't wait for someone to hand them to you on a silver platter.

Back to keeping a positive mindset as school is approaching. While you may wish that you could take some more time by the beach, know that school will be fun once you get started. You have the opportunity to see friends that you may have not seen. The leading cause of disappointment is when your thoughts, feelings, and expectations are out of line with reality. While you may be disappointed at one point or another, picking a goal, understanding your weaknesses and then gaining skill to promote a strong sense of confidence will surely contribute to your overall positive mental health. This will benefit you in all facets of life including the beginning of the school year.

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