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TIPS TO REDUCE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ANXIETY

TIPS TO REDUCE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ANXIETY

Back to school anxiety is normal!!! It’s absolutely normal for children to be equally excited and anxious about a new school term starting. So here’s a few ways you can help your child deal with back to school anxiety.

 

1. Talk about it.

An open discussion about the upcoming academic year will encourage your child to voice their fears and anxieties. This means of cathartic release is vital for children as it helps them overcome their anxiety-provoking thoughts and feelings.

Create a positive atmosphere at home by talking cheerfully about the new term, and all the happy and good things about going back to school.

 

2. Encourage your child to talk to their friends.

This can dispel fears and make them feel excited about going back to school. Perhaps meet in the park and plan some social activities before they meet in the classroom.

 

3. Back to school shopping.

Taking them back-to-school shopping and getting things ready for the new school term will make them feel more positive and excited about going back to school. This will also give them a sense of normality.

Help your child plan and organize their back-to-school materials like school bags, uniforms, lunch pack, hand sanitizer, nose mask, stationery etc.

 

4. Schedule your childs routine.

Begin regulating their sleeping and eating schedules at least one week prior to the school reopening day. Ensuring that they get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet will help them feel relaxed and calm. Remember, lack of proper sleep and food can make children feel angry and restless.

 

5. Help them structure their routine.

For example, getting the school bags and uniforms ready the previous night, to avoid feeling overburdened with tasks in the morning, setting a wake-up time and so on. Remember that many children and teenagers are not their best in the mornings and they have had a long time away from the usual school routine. It may take a bit longer to readjust their internal time-clock to be able to function properly in the morning.