3 Tips to Abolish Back-to-School Anxiety
By Virginia Laird
Hundreds of students, from every state in the nation, report having anxiety when it comes time to head back to school. While this has become fairly common among the youth of society, there are things that can be done to help prevent some of these feelings. Three tips to help abolish the feelings include:
- Begin the routine now
- Listen to your student’s concerns
- Have a plan for after school
Begin the Routine Now
Some of the feelings of anxiety can be caused by a lack of rest and routine. In summer, many students tend to stay up far too late and sleep in to the late afternoon. The freedom of summer can be wonderful. However, getting back into the swing of things can be stressful to students. The earlier a person begins to get back to a somewhat normal schedule, the less anxiety may be caused in the transition. Parents should start now, encouraging their students to go to bed at a decent hour and help them get up in the mornings. Doing this while there is no need to be in a rush can help prepare for the weeks ahead.
Listen to Your Student’s Concerns
In the hurry of the world, it can be difficult to find the time to have a serious conversation with your children. However, it is vital to listen to their concerns about school. No matter how wonderful a student may be, there is most likely something about school that may have them on edge. Ask questions to begin the conversation. Be prepared to listen without a judging heart. This can both build a great relationship and ease the mind of the student.
Have an Afterschool Plan
For many students, school is a social atmosphere. Even the hours right after school can be heavily determined by the friends a student may have. Worrying what the student may or may not do, or skilled enough to participate in, can cause anxiety. Help the student develop a plan for afterschool time. This might include afterschool activities at school or even off campus. If your student is not into any activity, there are multiple places to volunteer. Finding purpose and a place to be needed can help shed the feelings of anxiety.
Taking the time to help your student abolish their feelings of anxiety can help them prepare to have a wonderful school year. May your student have the best year yet!
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