It is that time of the year when many parents and students are preparing for the new school year. This usually involves new school books, new uniforms, lunch boxes and the mandatory hair cut to start the school year off just right.
Some kids seem to breeze through this period with a certain amount of excitement while others find the thought of returning to school after the break a bit of worry. These children may have one or more of the following symptoms of anxiety.
– Inability to sleep;
– Emotional outbursts or temper tantrums triggered by small things;
– A general irritability that is unusual;
– Complain of headaches or stomach pains.
To help you and your child get through this time we’ve come up with a few ideas to help parents deal with the back-to-school worries.
- Put aside some time to check in with your child and talk about the beginning of school. This is a time to let them know that it is often normal to have some concerns about the first day back at school.
- Teach coping skills such as deep breathing techniques so that your child has an opportunity to try them out whenever they start to feel nervous;
- Teach meditation – Test out the “smiling minds for kids” meditation app at https://smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app/ – its free and meditation is a great way to calm the mind when our brain just won’t turn off.
- Make sure your child is eating plenty of nutritious foods – we need healthy food for a healthy mind;
- Exercise daily – Exercise not only makes us feel good it helps to improve our sleep and it teaches us to relax.
- Focus on the positives. See if you and your child can come up with three or four positive things about going back to school. This makes for great conversation and helps to refocus negative thinking patterns.
- Try to remain calm and relaxed.
If your child’s anxiety symptoms do not improve it may be important to seek professional help. Please contact the team at YoungMinds Health & Development Network if we can be of further assistance.