Talk and Listen
To make healthy discussions about anxiety a part of your child’s life, they must know they can talk to you about what’s bothering them. Make sure they know they can say anything to you without fear of judgment. And after they’ve opened up to you about their feelings, don’t just respond by telling them how they should feel. Instead, let them know that you are listening, that you’re accepting of them, and that you’re taking them seriously.
Remember the Positives
After living through a years-long pandemic, we all have trouble seeing the bright side. But even if the post-pandemic world is very different from the back-to-school world we remember, attending school still offers our children the positives it always did, and maybe even some new ones.
“As much as we are all craving a return to normalcy, we must reframe our thinking to instead embrace a new normal,” says Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “The world has changed, but with change comes new opportunity. So ask yourself, what are the positives of the new situation you are finding yourself in? How can you create a ‘new normal’ that is even better than the old one?”
When seeking additional resources for helping your child cope with back-to-school anxiety or other mental health topics, refer to the United Brain Association website. We share information about over 250 brain and mental health-related issues, including causes, diagnosis, treatment, and current research topics. In addition, our community members have shared stories about their experiences and those of their children, providing additional insight into health and well-being.
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