Experts say back to school stress is common

Back To School

(NBC News) — The school year hasn’t started yet for rising 8th grader Kellyn Douglas, but she’s already stressing about getting good grades. 

“There is a lot of pressure put on you to be the best of the best,” Kellyn says.

Kellyn and many other middle schoolers like her are already thinking ahead to college. 

Experts say back to school stress is common, especially if kids are starting a new school. 

They also say it’s helpful to get the lay of the land before the first day.

“It’s great to do the week before, walk around, can you see where the cafeteria is. Most schools do open at least a week before for the teachers,” Dr. Jody Kussin, a clinical psychologist, says.

It’s also good to allow kids to express their angst openly.

“Let them know they can handle it,” Dr. Kussin says. “You know they can. They’ve handled scary things before. Being scared is not going to kill them. Being scared and mastering it is going to make them stronger.” 

Kellyn says she deals with stress by taking time for herself.

“I like to just relax sometimes because overworking yourself is very bad for both you and your physical and emotional state,” she says.

And kids aren’t alone. Experts say teachers feel anxiety before school starts as well.

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