School is beginning again next week for students and it is no surprise that there is an increase in anxiety at this time of the year. Students are worried what their classes will be like, will they meet expectations, pass exams, do well, or possibly get into college. Anxiety can affect students from kindergarten age all the way through high school. Students who are experiencing a large change, such as leaving elementary or middle school for middle school or high school, are especially susceptible to anxiety. Students who are headed to new schools may be wondering if they will make new friends or get used to the new school. This is a difficult time in the year for students and parents both.
But what can be done to relieve this anxiety?
1. Talk to your student
Let them know that the feelings they are experiencing are normal. It is always a challenge to go back to school, especially after a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Going back to school means going back to waking up early, completing work, and being focused for seven hours in the day. This can be difficult for children to get back into the routine of school. Encourage your student to share their feelings and express how the end of summer is making them feel.
2. Make going to school exciting
One thing that motivates children is a reward. Find a way to make going to school exciting for your child. Could you reward them for bringing home good grades with something such as staying up a bit later, going to the park or beach on the weekend, having an extra privilege, or getting to skip one chore a week? Children respond well to positive reinforcement and they will feel like they are getting something out of going to school and doing well.
3. Schedule a therapy session
Oftentimes, children can struggle talking to their parents about what is bothering them. They may feel judged or like they cannot open up. Therapy is a great option for children and teens who struggle with talking to their parents about what is bothering them. Your child will feel like their voice is heard and what they say is strictly confidential. Your child's therapist will help your child with communication skills, dealing with bullies, coping with anxiety, focusing strategies, dealing with depression, and any other issues that may be plaguing them. If you have a teenager, you may consider the Teen Support Group at Baummier Health that runs on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.
The back to school season can be very stressful, and it is important to have an outlet for that stress. Call Baummier Health at 561-404-0082 ex 2 to schedule your first appointment.