The first day of school is supposed to be a fun day where children can start the new year and learn more. While it is supposed to be a fun day, it isn’t always. Some children experience anxiety when it comes to the first day of school. By anxiety we mean more than your average worry about fitting in.
Students worry about making friends, fitting in, getting lost going to class, and many other things. Anxiety can be compounded if you have moved to a new town, started a new level of school, or have had bad experiences in schools. These are just some of the things that students experience anxiety about when it comes time to go back to school.
Teens often haven’t learned the same coping skills that we have developed as adults. Helping them prepare for school can help relieve some of that anxiety. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to help your student with anxiety.
Get The Schedule Early
Getting information such as your student’s class schedule and teachers names before the year starts can help them to know where they are going. Having this information can make it easier for them to get to their classes and worry less about getting lost.
Schedule A Tour
School buildings are always confusing, no matter how much the school tries their best to design them. Scheduling a tour with the school can help your kid to learn where all of their classrooms are ahead of time. It can also help to familiarize them with the building in general.
Encourage Healthy Living
Living a healthy life can’t completely get rid of anxiety but it can help reduce it a lot. Encourage your teen to eat healthy foods, get exercise, and socialize. All of this will make them feel better about what is going on.
Let Them Know It’s Normal
What doesn’t help anxiety is the fact that most kids think that what they are feeling is abnormal. This compounds their feelings of anxiety. Let them know that their anxiety is normal and that most kids feel at least a little nervous, even if they don’t show it. Knowing this can help them to feel better about the first day of school.
Consider Professional Help
If the anxiety in your child seems overwhelming, they aren’t getting over it, or they have a hard time living a normal life due to the anxiety over the first day of school you should seek help from a professional. Whether you turn to a school counselor, a therapist, or a social worker, there are professionals that can help your child overcome their anxiety.
There are any number of reasons someone might be nervous about the first day of school but you can help your child get past that experience. Talk to your child and use some of the tips above to help them enjoy their first day of school.