Stephanie Koathes

6 Ways to Reduce Back to School Stress

Those carefree, school-free summer days have to come to an end, it’s one of life’s little cruelties. Getting back into the swing of the school year is often stressful for everyone, but can be especially hard on students. Here are a few 6 ways parents/guardians can help their favourite students manage the school stress.

1. Don’t over schedule

Between school hours, extracurricular activities, extra lessons, sports etc. it’s an easy thing for a student’s schedule to become too taxing. Make sure to keep at least one weekday after school free and stick to that for the entire school year.

2. Start the routine

Suddenly moving from a relaxed summer routine to a school routine is stressful. Ease them into their new morning ritual by practicing the school routine for at least a week before the start of term.

3. Be mindful

The environment a child is in has a huge impact on their stress levels, so be mindful of your own back-to-school attitude. Focus on the positive aspects of heading back to school (seeing and making friends, learning new things…) rather than the stressful ones. Positivity is infectious.

4. Listen

While in the car, at the supermarket, over dinner… ask about school and listen (without judgement) to their thoughts, concerns and what’s going on in their lives and at school; it’s far more helpful than you might think.

5. Identify it

Look out for signs of stress such as difficulty sleeping, headaches, stomach aches, a strong desire not to go to school and changes in behaviour. Talk to your child and see how you can help with whatever may be happening.

6. Be sweet

Give your child hugs, leave encouraging notes in their bag from time to time, find little ways to remind them that you’re always there to listen, help and love them.

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