Now, more than ever, when students are being asked to navigate education in the classroom and at home, student anxiety and stress can become overwhelming. This sustained anxiety can lead to problems with your child’s mental and physical health. Your child should practice positive self-care as they prepare for the next steps in their education and learn ways to reduce anxiety.
Encourage Quality Social Interactions (Not Social Media)
When so much class time is spent at home and bedrooms become classrooms, the time between school and personal can blur. Encourage your student to schedule quality time (face-to-face if possible, or virtual if not) with family, siblings, and friends. Make sure that these social connections are done intimately and not over social media.
Model Successful Time Management (and How to be Flexible)
A good preventative measure for your student to feel control over their stress and anxiety is to encourage student-led scheduling. Teaching effective time management can give people confidence in tackling the upcoming challenges of their education and life. You may model your own techniques of managing your time. Make sure, however, when sharing your time management practices, that your student is responsible for making and meeting their own deadlines and goals. Also, discuss ways you deal with unforeseen challenges in your own life. It is still unclear what the nature of education will be week to week, and flexibility a skill critical for success.
Remind That All Feelings Are OK
No one is confident all the time. Even the best of us go through periods of great doubt and second-guessing. Make sure that your child knows that these feelings are okay to feel and can talk about them openly. Sharing times in your own life where you felt vulnerable and how you overcame those feelings will help your child feel comfortable and open about their struggles. Journaling may also help students make sense of their feelings. When a person becomes self-aware of their own emotions, they will grow into an empathetic person and, in turn, be sensitive to their peers and the world around them.
Teach Your Child Not to Be Afraid to Ask for Help
- Does your student feel chronic stress and anxiety that consistently hinders their success? Is it taking a prolonged negative toll on them? Make sure your child knows there are options to help them along the way. It is important to remind them that there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
- Encourage them to ask teachers for clarifications on assignments if needed.
- Make sure your child is aware of tutoring options. TIA offers free tutoring for all students.
- If there are other serious concerns, make sure that you have an honest conversation with your child about other resources available.