Happy September! All my life, my school started in August; when I went to college and didn’t have to start school until September, I really began to understand the love of September and school starting. However, school can be stressful. New classes, new teachers, new people all around you. Add to that a job, extracurriculars, and anything else you may be involved in. It’s no wonder school brings on a new level of stress and anxiety for some.
How do you combat that? For me, I’ve found that I always feel far less stressed when I’m taking time to incorporate my Heavenly Father into my routine. I know, it’s a basic primary answer, but it really does make such a difference in the day-to-day level of stress. There are simple things you can do to incorporate spirituality into your daily routine, here are just a few suggestions:
- Change the music you start your morning with. This can be such a huge mood booster. Last Monday, my baby boy started playing with my computer keyboard and happened to hit the play button, unpausing the Sunday music we had been listening to the night before. That morning, I felt so calm and collected as we cleaned up around the house, and I realized it was because the Spirit had been in our house all morning because of the music we had listened to.
- Take time to record your thoughts and feelings in a journal. Journaling can be so incredibly therapeutic, and when you feel like nobody understands the stress you’re feeling, it’s great to be able to express those feelings in writing. Additionally, journaling allows you to see the Lord’s hand in your day-to-day life. This practice will make you realize that life isn’t as doom and gloom as it may seem amid the stress of school.
- Turn off the podcast, and turn on the scriptures. Last year, I had a realization that scripture reading doesn’t have to be physical page turning. Scripture listening can bring the Spirit into your life in a very similar fashion, and it’s a great solution to take away the stress of checking off scripture reading.
- Daily prayer. I know it’s another primary answer, but the only person who understands your fears and anxiety perfectly is your Heavenly Father. He is there for you, and he wants you to talk to him. He cares about the tests you’re stressing over, or the date you have with that cute boy. He cares about everything you care about, and that’s the beauty of prayer. Your Heavenly parents want to be close to you, but they can only do that if you communicate with them.
The start of a new school year can really give you the opportunity to set some new daily habits. Take this time to figure out what best helps you feel less stressed and make that a daily habit. I know that as you do, you will be able to handle the school year like a champ.