Back-to-School Blues

Monica Younan B.A., Psychology Intern

August 15th, 2019

With summer approaching an end and the school year being just around the corner, feelings of anxiety and stress may arise for both parents and students. This transition can feel overwhelming. For instance, parents may be worried about the additional costs that may surface during this time (e.g. purchasing school supplies, clothes, tuition etc.), whereas children may fear the unknown in terms of their new classmates, teachers or workload. Fortunately, adjusting to this new season is possible and parents can help their children achieve this!

It is recommended for parents to start by creating an open and safe space for their children to express their fears and concerns. Keeping feelings bottled up prior to the start of a new year may set the stage for difficulties down the road. Hence, dedicating some time to discuss certain concerns that a child may have, and provide empathy can help lift a lot of pressure off. Additionally, setting a healthy routine prior to the start of the school year can be a great idea. During summer, individuals may adopt a very open, unrestricted and flexible schedule. While that is great during the summertime, it is not highly recommended to maintain when the new season comes along, and a new school year commences. The change in routine may be quite difficult for some. Thus, it is recommended to start incorporating small changes (e.g. waking up earlier, going to bed earlier, dedicating specific time for work) into your schedule in advance to eventually adopt a healthy manageable routine, without it feeling like a drastic and overwhelming change. Furthermore, it is highly encouraged to squeeze in some leisure time. Just because summer is over and school has begun, does not mean one should cut off all fun from their lives. In order to properly adjust to this change, it is important that one adopts realistic alterations to their routine, all while enjoying themselves.

Children are capable of coping with change and through the help of their parents, can develop resiliency. It may be easier for some than others, but that is no reason to be discouraged. If the above tips do not seem to work for your family, there is so much more you can attempt to do. You can always seek the help of licensed professionals who can guide you and your child through this change in a positive and uplifting manner. Clinique PsySante offers different types of services which can be suitable for your needs. Do not hesitate to reach out, we would love to hear from you!