Wellness Wednesday: How To Help One Another Prepare for Going Back to School
There are a lot of uncertainties right now with the recent spike in coronavirus cases. Fortunately, Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, says that by helping one another with transitional anxieties, we also help ourselves.
English reminds us that adults set the tone for kids. Students and children always pick up on the anxiety or fear of adults around them. To combat this, English recommends monitoring how you speak to children about school. Don’t set a negative tone and try to be encouraging. In other words, try not to impose the anxieties that you may be feeling onto your children. The kids around you may be excited to be with friends and a new teacher, so don’t place fears in their minds.
English says that this requires recognizing your own anxieties and fears, and how these contribute to the anxieties in our homes. English advises taking time for yourself, and leaning on your friends, and talking about your fears with them to curb your own anxiety.
Additionally, English recommends discussing safety measures that are already in place with your child so that they will be prepared ahead of time.
Sometimes in life, we might have to do things that we aren’t sure about, and we can’t guarantee that we won’t get sick at some point, especially right now. But we can prepare as best we can ahead of time, and address our fears in advance in order to best prepare for the future.