Show up to class….everyday. I know class can be boring and you have better things to do with your time. But falling behind can lead to a never ending tunnel of doom. Many concepts build on one another, so if you miss one thing, it may be hard to catch up. Plus you can become an eye sore in the eyes of your teacher, who would be better to have as an ally than an enemy.
Get some sleep. Transitioning back to school is tough, especially if you are someone who was going to bed in the morning and waking up in the late afternoon. Being exhausted at school can make it feel extra dreadful. Aim for at least 7-8 hours, if not more, of sleep.
Eat during the day. I know there was a time in junior high when it felt uncool to eat but it’s high school now and your brain needs fuel. Try and eat something small yet substantial every 2-3 hours. Almonds, granola bar, yogurt, etc. It will not only help your ability to sustain attention but can also keep your mood more positive.
Schedule yourself. You can get overbooked with activities and things you want to do. Make sure you have enough time to do not only the things you love but also the things you needs to. You will feel accomplished when you got it all done and no one is on your back about it.
Ask for help. From friends, parents, teachers, friend’s parents, school counselor, family members, etc. We all need support around academic, social, and interpersonal feelings and events that arise. Use your support network to get relief, guidance, understanding, and clarity around whatever is ailing you.