2 Simple Ways to Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety

August 17, 2021 / Parent Resources

Here are two techniques to reduce your child’s back-to-school anxiety.

Balloon Buster Exercise

Simply ask your child to blow up a balloon. Next, have them exhale their fear into it and pinch the balloon’s opening closed. Finally, ask your child to release the balloon. This will make them feel light and free from anxiety. After they’ve released the balloon, have them say a positive counter-thought out loud. 

For example, if their fear was being unable to make new friends, their counter-thought could be that they’re not the only ones feeling nervous and that they will definitely make friends.

According to research, blowing up a balloon even deepens and slows breathing because it involves using the diaphragm. This in turn relaxes tense muscles and reduces heart rate.

Sound Therapy

Listening to relaxing music can definitely help with your child’s anxiety. It can even enhance sleep quality and decrease symptoms of insomnia. Try to play soothing music every night before bed and make a routine out of it.

If your child is worried about any learning loss caused by the pandemic, you could spend some time playing Osmo with them. With its wide range of digital-physical learning games, your little one can learn through hands-on play!