Back-to-School Mental Health Checklist for Students and Parents
The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. And now that in-person classes are soon resuming, we can imagine how nervous you and your kids must be feeling. Although we’re sure they’re excited to meet their friends and get back to their routine, it’s always a great idea to keep a mental health checklist to ensure you start the academic year on a right note.
Review changes from last year
If your child is attending a new school or they have a new bus stop, check the routes in advance to get organized for the new school year.
Visit your doctor
Ensure your vaccination records are in place. Get medical assistance if you or your child is experiencing severe anxiety or back-to-school jitters.
Get back into a routine
Create a routine before school begins and make sure to follow it. As part of this routine, shift your child’s bedtime accordingly.
Talk about expectations
Set some rules before school begins. For example, do you expect them to do homework before screen time? Have them follow this routine much before school starts.
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Make healthy food choices
Stress-eating is common and it might have occurred more often during the pandemic. Before in-person classes begin again, help your child make healthy food choices. They could even help you out when you cook these healthy meals.
Talk to teachers
Talk about your concerns with the school’s teachers. This will help your child have a better idea of what to expect from the new school year.
If possible, you could even sign up for after-school activities for kids at home. Participating in extracurricular activities will give your child a sense of belonging.