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The new school term has started, and for a lot of young people this can be a really nerve-wracking time. Whether you are starting primary or secondary school, you may be anxious about fitting in or about making new friends.
The Hour’s resident psychiatrist Dr Alex Yellowlees had some tips and advice so that you can be ready for the challenges you may be facing in your new school environment. He said:
“Find out in advance as much as you can about the new school you’ll be attending. Find out about the people, about the way things work, the expectations of you and about dress style and uniform.”
It’s important to be interested in others and to listen to what they have to say. Try and be natural and don’t try too hard to impress people, and if you are finding things difficult, don’t hide away.
It’s better to confide in someone straight away rather than letting things bottle up and become unbearable. Dr Alex advised:
“If you’re shy or socially anxious there are great self help books available or counselling available. It takes time to feel comfortable.
“Make sure you enjoy yourself; the school years go by so quickly so it’s important to enjoy yourself, even the studying.”
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