5 SEL Activities to Help Students Overcome Back-to-School Anxiety

Back-to-school can be exciting — and nerve-racking — for students. Will I like my teachers? Will I make new friends? Will I be able to keep up with the course material?

Anxiety felt by students can quickly become overwhelming. Social and emotional learning (SEL) can teach students to effectively manage their emotions and reduce insecurities.

Here are five SEL resources that will help students de-stress and start the year off strong.

  1. Coping Skills Bingo

This free game teaches students different ways to manage anger and cope with stress in a fun, interactive way.

  1. 15 Back-to-School Picture Books for Kids

Books are a terrific way to ease back-to-school anxiety because students can see how characters overcome similar fears.

  1. Regular Education Strategies to Enhance the Learning Process

Learn all about stress and relaxation techniques in this printable download. Included are activities to help students manage stress through yoga, deep breathing, music, and more.

  1. Lesson Plan: Use Your Mind and Visualize!

Visualization can be an effective way to de-stress. This free lesson plan guides students through the process and has them use visualization to improve reading comprehension.

  1. “Getting to Know You” Game

Helping students get to know their peers and make friends often can make all the difference in easing back-to-school anxiety. Students will have fun learning about each other by finding things they have in common in this fun icebreaker activity.

For some students, going back to school can trigger different levels of anxiety. There are many ways SEL can help students calm themselves and work through their insecurities. Encourage students to try out a range of techniques and find what works best for them.

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