How to Cope with Back-to-School Anxiety

While going back to school can be exciting for many children, a survey of over 1,000 eight to 15-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales revealed the anxieties children feel around going back to school. 

Barnardo's conducted the survey and found the student main anxieties revolved around change.

That includes moving into a new year, class changes, starting secondary school and GCSE's.

So this week we decided to compile an article of ways to deal with the back-to-school anxieties.

Encourage them to speak up about their anxieties. If something is worrying them about returning to school or they're unhappy with their new classes discuss it with them.

Sometimes just talking about their problems can help make the anxiety dissipate.

Being organised also helps. Make sure their bag is packed the night before and so they have plenty of time in the mornings to get ready.

This means they won't be already stressed before they leave for school, hopefully starting the day in a positive way.

If you're concerned about the level of anxiety your child is feeling, there are loads of places you can go for help.

The charity YoungMinds (linked here) is a great place for kids to find help and resources to aid their mental health.

Barnardo's (who ran the survey mentioned earlier) also have services to help children, they're linked here.

We hope everyone who went back to school yesterday is looking forward to the year ahead!