Hi, it’s me, Chris, and in today’s blog post I wanted to talk about a subject matter that might be close to a lot of people’s hearts today – and that is, how to handle the back to school anxiety when you are a parent.
Depending on where you live of course, most of the schools re=opened their doors today after six months of being closed during lockdown. Has this affected you, and if so, how have you coped with it?
For some people, kids going back to school is a bit of relief for them, I mean, hands up who struggled with homeschooling!? But for the majority of us, even if we believe that going back to school is good for them, we can’t help but feel a sense of anxiety about the whole thing. Here is my advice on how you can handle this if today was a bit of a challenge for you,
Accept that some fear is NORMAL.
Anxiety and fear right now is normal. What we have just gone through and continue to go through is far beyond comprehension if we really sit down to think about it. Despite a decline in figures in the latest Covid case numbers, none of us can know exactly what is around the corner.
To some extent, we have to just try and get back to ‘normal’, whilst accepting that ‘normal’ may never look the same for us. This means, take each day as it comes, and don’t be afraid to face your fears.
How can we best handle this? My advice would be to keep your feelings active – this means don’t try and repress them or tell yourself that they’re not normal. Some fear and anxiety is healthy, and as long as you don’t let it take hold of you, it can be your guts ways of trying to take care of you. Listen to your intuition, act on it where you feel appropriate. Trust in yourself. And if your anxiety becomes too much for you, please do check out my ANXIETY BREAKTHROUGH KIT as it will really help you. p.s get the kit now and use the code LOCKDOWN50 at checkout to get a 50% discount.
Work with your anxiety and fear rather than against it.
Allowing yourself to feel your fear will stop it from becoming taboo for you. Journal – make notes about this time, as it is a time that will be remembered in history!
Getting your fears down on paper will allow you to acknowledge them – and then just sit with them. We are always in a rush to flip things into a positive, but right now, it’s okay to just be with them.
Tell yourself that you don’t have to do anymore than that. Don’t stress yourself, be kinder to yourself – and take away the pressure to ‘keep on top of things’. It’s okay to not know how to feel right now, just trust in your ability to be present in the moment, and when you are calm, you can make clear and in control choices. /
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I hope that today has gone well for you and that your little ones have enjoyed getting back into the classroom, as always I am here for you, and without meaning to sound patronising, remember that the calmer that we can stay, the happier the children will be.
Speak to you next week,