Back to School Anxieties
Can you remember the first day back at school after the summer holidays and the anxiety?
Even now many years later I can recall that feeling of butterflies and anticipation in my tummy. There was no reason to feel like that but after six weeks my new found freedom and free range routine was about to go back to having to wear a uniform, getting up and going to bed early – something I did not relish. The nearer that date in September approached the faster the days would go by and anxieties would emerge.
So once again, September is almost upon us and the summer holidays are nearly over. Up and down the country parents will be preparing and getting their children ready for school.
This can be a traumatic time for some children especially if they are starting school for the very first time, changing schools or just returning and going into the next class.
Some children look forward to going back and seeing their friends again, others aren’t so keen and for others it might be the first time. Small children might be wondering how they will make friends, what their teachers will be like, will they like them, they might even worry they will get lost in a large building. All these thoughts and feelings are natural and there are some coping strategies that you can use to help them:-
- Start to get them into a routine by going to bed earlier
- If homework is outstanding help and encourage them to do it
- Ask them what’s worrying them and talk them through it
- Talk about the positive things, e.g how they will make new friends or that they will see friends again
Some children may develop a deeper anxiety and signs to look out for are:-
- Change in sleep patterns
- More clingy than normal
- Change in appetite
- Change in behaviour, e.g. they may be quieter than normal or having meltdowns and tantrums
- Complaining of tummy ache, headache, diarrhoea
If you are worried about your child then homeopathy can help. It is a safe and gentle non toxic form of medicine and I have helped many children with anxieties of this nature. Children are very responsive and usually respond to homeopathy very quickly. I can do consultations via Skype or Messenger and post remedies out to you. There is no need for your child to sit through the consultation so it is less traumatic for them, although invariably they can’t resist having a peek and saying hello which is helpful to me.
If you would like to find out more about how I can help feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute chat.