Make this year the best year yet.
It’s that time of year again! The kids are getting ready to go back to school, and for many parents, that means dealing with back-to-school jitters. This can be a difficult time for both children and parents. Children may feel anxious about leaving their friends behind or starting a new school year. Parents may feel stressed out about making sure their child has everything they need for school. If your child is struggling with back-to-school jitters, don’t worry – we have five ways to help them overcome them!
Talk about it.
One of the best ways to help your child deal with back-to-school jitters is to talk about it. Ask them how they’re feeling and encourage them to share their concerns. This will help you get a better understanding of what’s causing their anxiety and how you can best support them.
Focus on the positive
It can be easy to get caught up in all of the things that could go wrong when your child goes back to school. Instead, try to focus on the positive. Help them remember all of the things they’re looking forward to about the new school year – like seeing their friends every day or learning new things.
Encourage healthy habits.
Eating a nutritious diet and getting plenty of exercise are important for managing anxiety. Help your child start the school year off right by encouraging them to eat a healthy breakfast and pack a healthy snack for recess. And make sure they’re getting enough sleep! A good night’s sleep will help them feel more rested and better able to cope with stress.
Seek professional help.
Seek professional help: If your child’s anxiety is severe or interfering with their ability to function, it may be time to seek professional help. Talk to your child’s doctor, Morningstar Counseling, or your local Society of Care navigator about how you can best support your child.