How to deal with back-to-school anxiety for students

How to deal with back-to-school anxiety for students

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some students may be anxious about returning to school and Dr. Vivien Haupt from Cotswold Pediatrics said maintaining a routine and keeping the lines of communication open can help children start the school year right.

“One of the best things they can do is talk to them about their fears, rather than avoiding it, so they can discuss it,” Haupt said. “And try and stay positive. Even though you may be discussing fears, ask them what they're excited about because you don’t want them to focus on the negative aspect.”

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Anxiety and excitement about going back to school can also impact sleep.

School-age children should get between nine and 11 hours of sleep every night.

Dr. Julia Richardson recommends a consistent bedtime routine and parents should be careful all the screen on electronic devices aren't keeping children awake.

“Screen time and tablets, phones, can tell your brain it's time to wake up, so limit that an hour to two hours before bedtime,” Richardson said.

Haupt and Richards stress the importance of eating good breakfast to get the day started on the right foot.

The doctors also said students should frequently wash their hands to prevent catching germs.

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