#HighlySensitivePeople: How to reduce back-to-school anxiety for high school students (Part 2)

Reducing back-to-school anxiety for high school students, especially those who are highly sensitive and/or introverted, requires a thoughtful approach that considers your developmental stage and specific concerns. Here are some targeted strategies to help alleviate your anxiety: Early Preparation: Start preparing for school well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Gather supplies, choose outfits, and organize materials. Familiarization: Attend any orientation sessions or open houses offered by the school to become familiar with the layout and meet teachers. Reconnect with Friends: Reconnect with old friends before school starts. Having familiar faces can ease the transition. Set Realistic Expectations: It's okay not to excel in everything. Focus on doing the best that you can. Break Down the Day: Break down the school day into manageable segments,…

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#HighlySensitivePeople: Is Discomfort Bad?

At first glance, discomfort does seem bad, but it can prevent you from expanding the many possibilities that you have. It’s human nature to want to stay in your comfort zone, but does this help you?

Questioning your discomfort is a good starting point to see if your uneasy feelings are justified. If not, why not go for it? If so, it might be a good idea to dig deeper about the cause. Perhaps your angst is coming from somewhere else that needs to be explored and examined. (more…)

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#HighlySensitivePeople: What Are You Worried About?

Unfortunately, worry has been a constant companion in my life. As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I’m learning that most things that I worried about didn’t happen or weren’t as bad as I thought. Has this happened to you?

We formulate our thought patterns early in our lives. Have you stopped to examine if some of these thought patterns are true? For some unknown reason I had come to believe that the more I worried, the better I could cope with worry, fear, and anxiety. Definitely not true! (more…)

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