Back to school: How to reduce anxiety
August 11, 2019
Back to school: For some kids, it’s exciting and hopeful. For others, thoughts on returning to school can increase anxiety.
Try these tips to give children and teens the best chance at a positive school year.
- Talk about the new schedule; write it down
- Start an earlier bedtime
- Practice the route to school
- Help your child in choosing lunch and making lunches together
- Practice skills to help kids calm themselves
- Make fun traditions out of back-to-school shopping and other preparations
- Encourage your child to talk: What are they are excited about? What are their worries?
- If it’s a new school, schedule a tour and meeting with the teacher
- Incorporate exercise or sports into their day
Middle school/high school
- Give your teen a planner/calendar to help with organization
- Plan for ways to make sure your teen eats regularly
- Establish a homework schedule that includes breaks
- Practice coping skills: breathing, listening to music, walking, taking a shower or calling a friend
- Discuss their concerns and goals
- Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep: practice turning off technology at night
- Take an interest in their classes, their teachers and activities
- Identify school accommodations such as school counselors
If your child’s or teen’s anxiety seems too much, discuss with your pediatrician. Click here for help finding a provider.
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