As we approach the end of the school year, it is natural to feel a mix of emotions. Maybe you are excited for summer vacation, but you might also feel sad about leaving behind the routine and friends you have spent time with this year. Endings can be tough, but they are also an opportunity for growth and reflection. 

Why is it that endings can be so difficult? When we spend time and energy in something like a school year or a friendship, it can feel like a part of us is being taken away when it comes to an end. You might feel like you’re losing a sense of stability. To start, it is important to acknowledge these feelings and give yourself time to sit with what is showing up. 

But how can you let go and enjoy the moment? Here are a few ways:

1. Focus on the positive memories.

When we think about endings, it is easy to get caught up in sadness or anxiety. But instead of dwelling on what is ending, try to reflect on the positive memories you have made. Maybe you aced a tough test or had a blast at the school dance. These memories will always be with you, even after the school year ends.

2. Make plans to stay connected.

Just because school is ending does not mean your friendships have to end too. Make plans to stay in touch with your friends over the summer months. Maybe you can plan a day at the lake or check out a local arts festival. Remember, keeping in contact online can also help reduce any distance between those important to you. 

3. Practice gratitude.

Sometimes it is helpful to shift focus from what you think you are losing to what you are grateful for. Take a moment to reflect on the people and experiences that made this school year special. Maybe you are grateful for a teacher who helped you through a tough time or a friend who always made you laugh. Write down what you are grateful for and keep this list somewhere you can see it when you need a reminder. 

4. Get excited about the future. 

Endings can be scary because they lead us to the unknown. Instead of fearing the future, try to embrace it. Think about what you are excited for in the coming months. Maybe you are looking forward to starting a new grade or perhaps you have a hobby you are curious about exploring. Keeping a curious and playful mindset can help you let go of what is ending and look forward to what is arising next. 

Remember, endings are a part of life. But they are also opportunities for growth and change. By focusing on the positive memories, staying connected with friends, practicing gratitude, and looking forward to what is showing up next, you can more easily enjoy the natural transitions of life and be in the moment. So, as this school year ends, take a deep breath, appreciate what you have accomplished, and get ready for your next chapter.

Written by Fola Veritas with Deep Mind Squared