COVID19 is going to be a huge contributor towards why our kids are feeling anxious or stressed about going back to school. They may be feeling a sense of excitement about being with their friends but their lives have been disrupted and it’s made an impact on how they will relate to their friends going forward. Remember that they will be monitored and are limited on who they can spend time with and the time they can spend together with their classmates and friends.
Some common signs that your child may be anxious or stressed include:
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Some unexplained crying
- Complaining about tummy aches
- Can’t focus or concentrate
- They may be more clingy than normal
- Loses temper and gets upset or angry more quickly
- If your child is feeling low or has negative feelings or a foul mood or thoughts
- They seem restless and fidgety
So here are some tips on managing the anxiety:
- Encourage Your Child To Share His Or Her Fears.
- Take Care of The Needs First – Is he/she hungry? Take care of that. Children can’t focus if they haven’t eaten.
- Maintain a routine. Children actually thrive on a routine when they know what’s coming up next on their daily
- Try role playing with your child. Playing with them and role playing (when you take their place in how they feel) can help you discover what the source of the problem is and can help them find a solution too!
- Start the going back to school routine before they actually go back to school by setting a wake up alarm and having a home routine going atleast a week before, so that by the time schools open, they know what to expect.
- You don’t have to do it all alone. Know when to get some help. If you sense that the back to school anxiety is rooted inn something deeper, get professional help. You know your child better than anyone.
- Stay positive for your child. Remember, they can pick up on your energy.
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