NJPNI wishes all our patients a safe and health academic school year in 2021! Here are some tips to get through the new year:
Get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Not enough sleep can make you irritable and cranky, and it can also make your stress and anxiety worse. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule as much as possible, and make sure you’re getting enough rest so you can learn effectively at school every day.
Set aside time to do activities you enjoy. Even though school is starting again, try to make some time for your hobbies so you can unwind and relax. If you’re too busy during the week, make some time on the weekends. You can play a card game, do crafts, read books, or go outside and hang out in nature.
Ask your school administrators about what precautions they are taking. As schools make the decision to open back up during COVID-19, they may be implementing new procedures and policies to keep you or your child safe. If you haven’t received any news of changes in your schools, email or call the principal or administrator of your school about what they are doing differently. Some helpful questions to ask are:
• What safety precautions is the school taking to keep students safe?
• Will there be mental health services available to students this year if needed?
• How will you enforce the safety measures in place during school?