Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, in high school or college, one thing remains the same – back to school nerves. The excitement and anticipation altogether can make us anything but calm. Read on to discover four ways to stay cool and keep calm during this back to school season.

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Create Realistic Expectations
If you’re headed to high school or college, you’ve probably seen plenty of teen movies – some with singing and dancing, others with drama and tears. Oftentimes these flicks can seem like total opposites; however, they typically share one powerful similarity – they encourage unrealistic expectations. Dr. Emily Scott-Lowe explains unrealistic expectations as disconnects between past behavior and behaviors we hope to experience from ourselves or with others. In other words, you’ll likely not be dancing through the halls (regrettably) or facing off against a Regina George-type (thankfully). Reports show that when we have realistic expectations, it is easier to have success and higher self-esteem. So this pre-school season experience peace of mind and more happiness by having realistic expectations of what school will be like. Let life be good!

Listen to Music
Did you know that music has positive effects on both the mind and body? It’s true! Studies show that listening to music can lower anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate. It also helps us relax and manage stress. So keep calm this back to school season by jamming to your favorite tracks. Looking to feel more optimistic, try upbeat songs like “Good Vibrations” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Wanting to feel more relaxed, try slower tempo tracks like “Electra” and “Weightless.” Music is a simple, fun, and effective way to stay sound. Bust a move and tap those toes!

Live in the Now
Whether school starts in two weeks or tomorrow morning, it’s important to not have the anticipation consume your mind. In other words, be present and live in the now. According to a recent Harvard report, people spend 46.9% of the day thinking about something other than what they are actually doing, oftentimes making them unhappy. Make it your goal this back to school season to live in the now. And as a result, you’ll live a happier life. Celebrate today!

Believe in Yourself
Lastly, and don’t forget it, you’ve got this! Believe in yourself. Having self-confidence is shown to be “one of the most influential motivators and regulators” of everyday behavior. The National Research Council defines self-confidence as “a judgement about capabilities for accomplishment.” Studies show that people are more successful the more self-assured they are. Feel secure in knowing you are capable of accomplishing great things in school; academically, socially, and anything in between. Believe in yourself in preparation for the new year.

Unforgettable memories and friendships are made in school. No matter where your academic life takes you, open your heart and free your mind to all the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead.

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Elizabeth Hanley
Written by Elizabeth Hanley