Addressing Back-to-School Anxiety with Your Kids
By Virginia Laird
Has your child already begun to get stressed out at the thought of starting school? If so, know that this is not an isolated issue. Each year millions struggle with something healthcare providers call back-to-school anxiety. The reasons behind this suffering are many. Fortunately, there are many things you can do with your child to help them cope with these issues. Healthcare experts advise that many can overcome these feelings with help from parents, and that only some should seek additional help. These experts have compiled a list of helpful tips, including:
- Make sleep a priority
- Get on routine
- Buy a new outfit
Make Sleep a Priority
Research suggests that where there is a lack of sleep, there can be a host of health issues, including mental health. Health and wellness experts advise that those who struggle with back-to-school anxiety should make getting plenty of sleep a priority. For adults, this is at least six hours of sleep each night. Children require much more than this. Health and wellness experts advise that those who are serious about helping their student overcome such anxiety should begin enforcing a bedtime right away.
Get on Routine
Finding a routine can help those who struggle with anxiety keep it under control. Research suggests that much of the anxiety students feel about heading back to class is centered around the unknown. Health and wellness experts advise that helping your student get plenty of sleep, eat well-balanced meals, and get some exercise can help reduce the feelings associated with anxiety. Developing and beginning routines that include these elements of health before school begins can be beneficial in helping your student be successful.
Buy a New Outfit
Everyone loves something new to wear on the first day of school. Research suggests that buying a new outfit can ease some of the concern of those who have difficulty coping with anxiety. In many cases a new outfit for the first day of school can help get a student excited to go back to class. If you haven't already taken your student shopping for the right outfit, time is running low. Shopping with your child may need to be a top priority.
Now is the time to begin working through feelings of stress and anxiety with your student. Together you can be ready to tackle this issue which can help your child have a wonderful school year.
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