A year ago today we were gripped with uncertainty, not knowing what the immediate future held for any of us and I'm not really sure where the past twelve months have gone to be honest. It almost feels lost, like a blur. In my ‘real life job’ I've worked longer hours as more and more people reach out to talk about their anxieties about the world around them. And you know, us counsellors and therapists are not immune to experiencing these anxieties ourselves. I for one did not think for a minute that we would lose so many loved ones and that collectively hundreds of thousands of lives would be cut short. I know death is sadly an unavoidable event that comes to us all but we would not usually have to deal with it in such high numbers, being reminded every time we turned on the TV or read the news.
Help! How do I deal with my own back to school anxiety?
I'm anxious about my child going back to school!
You've talked to your mummy friends for months about the day the schools reopen. Discussed what you will do at 9am on Monday 12th March 2021. Got a bit over excited to be getting your dining table back and clear away the homeschool. Envisaging having a cup of tea in peace for more than 5 seconds. But now that Monday creeps closer you have a nagging worry, will they be safe, how will they manage without me, how will I manage?
Know that this is completely normal and you are not the only person to feel this way!
Think back to that first day at school, remember biting your bottom lip trying to stop your tears as you looked on at your baby now grown into a happy 4 year old full of excitement as they set off to explore, make friends and learn. And remember when you picked them up after that first day of school, you probably couldn’t shut them up as they described the friends they'd made and the games they had played. Our children have missed out on so much and although as adults we may be apprehensive there are things we can do to ease our anxieties and send them off on their first day of school just as we did when they were 4 years old.
So what can you do;
Most of all, just take your time, do what you can in your own way and be kind to yourself and each other.
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This week sees the launch of #childrensmentalhealthweek and there are some great, free resources for families to access via their website www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org