By: Linda Lee
For some kids, September can be a source of trauma. The return to school can mean the prospect of scary assignments and scarier bullies. But kids aren’t alone in their end-of-summer stress. Psychologists say that back-to-school season can bring dread for adults, too.
Since every adult has spent so many years with this pattern, it’s really ingrained. Essentially, the waning days of summer can “trigger” the childhood anxiety that people experienced when their vacations were ending and they had to return to the classroom. That feeling can echo into adulthood, recurring every fall when school buses begin rolling again.
So, if you’re a person who gets down when school is in session, experts suggest acknowledging your feelings and schedule some fun events in the last months of the year. That way you have something to look forward to.