I am trying to draw every day so here is a stupid self portrait attempt. Nothing fancy because I’m not fancy. I just think it’s nice for every person to see on paper how hey see themselves. Fat cheeks, good brows, and hair always parted to the side. Not bad. ☺️
Hey friends! I’m going to be back at school soon, and if you’re like me, at the start of the year you set very neurotypical goals; aka the kind that I’ll never be able to achieve, because of anxiety, avoidance, executive dysfunction, etc. So here is a fairly miscellaneous list of the things I’ve done to prepare myself, which better take into account my mental health. I hope this helps some of you!
Have a self-care kit that you carry around in your schoolbag/have in your locker. I bought a medium-sized pencilcase (but use whatever you like/have on hand) for this, and that fits everything in there well. Inside I put: Hygiene items, like pads/tampons and hand-sanitiser (if you have anxiety/paranoia problems with germs, like me). First-aid/medication, like bandaids, over-the-counter painkillers (or whatever painkiller you need if you have migraines/chronic pain etc), my asthma puffer and benzodiazepines (I had to get permission from my school to have my prescriptions with me, so check before you get suspended). Stress-relieving items, like a stressball, stim toys etc.
Of course, you can put whatever you want inside your self-care kit, and everyone’s needs will be different, so you do you!
I know people go on about this all the time, but having a bottle of water on you is actually really important! Make sure you’re drinking water throughout the day!
Make sure you have the supplies you need and you know where everything is, before the school morning. It can save you a lot of unneeded anxiousness.
If you want, get a padlock for your schoolbag (especially if you don’t have a locker). It might be helpful in reducing paranoia/anxiety.
Summarising is key! If your teacher gives you a set of notes to copy down, just copy down the important parts and you’ll be done sooner. This can be useful during minor brain fog, dissociation etc, but if you are having a much harder time concentrating, it’s okay if you don’t get all the notes. You can ask someone for them later, they won’t mind!
Also, another tip is to take a picture of the notes that you’re supposed to be copying (if you’re allowed your phone in class, or if you’re extra sneaky) and then copy them down at a better time.
I am basically addicted to highlighting. I find that highlighting makes things easier to read, and it helps me organise, so it’s easier when I go back and study
But most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over not completing everything. It’s going to happen, and it’s okay to accept that. Missing a few things won’t spell disaster. If you need to, take a break, and focus on your self-care.
Work on being able to seek help when needed. I’ve always had a lot of trouble with this, but being able to seek help from teachers when you need it improves your learning, and will help you complete both regular schoolwork and assignments better.
Make sure you have a schedule of when your assignments are due. Many schools hand them out at the start of term/semester, but if you don’t get one, see if you can find out the dates for all assignments from your teacher. Knowing when to start preparing can help you complete them, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Exams are scary for everyone. During exam season, make sure you’re practicing self-care techniques. Try your hardest to sleep and eat well.
Studying is important, but remember to put yourself first. If you need to take a break, take it. It can help you concentrate better. If you can, avoid all-nighters.
If you have a panic/anxiety attack, brain fog, or dissociate, etc during an exam, it’s obviously difficult to get out of the situation. If you can, leave to get a drink of water, and use some calming techniques. Everyone has different ways to pull themselves out of a potential breakdown, but a common one is grounding. If you can’t leave, close your eyes and focus on breathing.
This isn’t a very extensive list, but I hope that it can help some of you!
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