“Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do.” ~ Margaret Laurence
It’s back to school time. For students all over the Mid-South, it is time to rise early and have lots to do! Some view the start of school with excitement: eager to see their friends, get back to their favorite sport or club, and take on the challenges and adventures that a new school year brings.
Some view the start of the school year a bit differently. Students and parents may feel some anxiety and stress. People complain of the pit in their stomach when they view school ads on TV or see the store shelves overflowing with school supplies. It is common for kids of all ages to experience some range of school anxiety and school related stress. Even those who look forward to the start of school can feel anxiety. I was fortunate to be one of those always eager to return. However, many years later, I still experience the recurring dream of forgetting my #2 pencils as I sit to take my SAT exam.
Whether you have a student going off to school for the first time or have a seasoned pro – there are ways to minimize the anxiety that is common at this time of year.
If you or any member of your household would like to talk further about school anxiety or any other matter, please call the Methodist Healthcare EAP at 901-683-5658 for a free, confidential appointment. You don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help.
Author: Donna Tosches, LCSW, CEAP is Director of the Methodist Healthcare EAP. Donna received her Master's Degree in Social Work in 1989. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Her experience includes EAP, hospital psychiatric and medical social work, crisis services and private practice for 21 years.For Confidential Help
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