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Let’s chat! Have a teen-related question – or just want to share some insight – about stress, anxiety or balancing life in general? If so, now’s your chance to speak up. Join Allina Health clinical psychologist, Dr. Lisa Herman, to virtually chat about different situations that may be causing you to be stressed. You’re not alone. Share your comments, ideas and stories to help others like you, stress less!

July 31, 2017

Transition from summertime to school time.

As August approaches, back to school commercials, school supplies and fall clothes in stores are in abundance! How do you handle this transition from summertime to school time?

Your Responses

  1. when I hear ” school is almost her” I’m like NOOOOOOO five more days please I’m still trying to get used to falling asleep at 10 and waking up at 7 and trust me me at 7 in the morning is not pretty

    Posted on September 26, 2017 @ 10:58 am by aj
  2. I really like school and seeing my friends but going from summer to fall always seems hard to me. I keep kind of busy during the summer working part time and hanging out with friends, but when school starts it seems like I have no time. I play soccer, am involved in lots of clubs at school and I also need time to relax. I just feel like I won’t have any time to do fun things once schools starts.

    Posted on September 01, 2017 @ 9:02 am by John
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      The transition from summer to fall activities is hard for many teens (and parents!). It’s easy to fill up every hour in a day, and before long there isn’t much room for fun! Check out the Balance page on the website to learn how to find the balance in your day.

      Posted on September 02, 2017 @ 7:35 pm
  3. I’m not looking forward going back to school. It’s nice to see my friends but the stress of homework is too much. My mom buys all my schools supplies and then I usually don’t look at them until a day or two before school starts. I love clothes shopping any time of year so it’s fun to get out and shop. The worst part is getting up so early for school. Grrrr

    Posted on August 17, 2017 @ 10:34 am by Avery
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      Hi Avery! You bring up such a great point – going back to school is socially fun but academically hard. It can take teens a while to get back into the mindset (and early alarm clock!!) to start a new school year. Our videos feature a lot of different techniques to help with stress and negative thoughts (like thinking about all the negative things about school before the new school year even starts). Check out the Mental Remix and try these strategies to see if it helps. I’m also glad you are doing things you enjoy, like shopping, to keep your spirits up!

      Posted on August 17, 2017 @ 9:54 pm

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Lisa Herman, LP, PsyD

I am a doctor of psychology and licensed psychologist, specializing in child and teen psychology, and a consultant for a grant-funded substance abuse program at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry.

Best part of my work: The moment(s) when a patient realizes that they made progress!

Why I became a ­­­­­­psychologist: I always found myself glued to the TV when the psychologist was on a talk show. Helping others has been a passion for me since I was in high school.

What I tell my friends and family: Focus on “what is” and find the positive in any situation.

What patients say about me: I smile a lot and that people feel comfortable opening up during therapy.