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Back to School Blues

Aug 23, 2021 07:20PM ● By Dr. Harley Martinmaas from Balanced Life Chiropractic

By Dr. Harley Martinmaas from Balanced Life Chiropractic

How is your family handling the back to school blues? It seems so crazy that we are already back to school. Where has the summer gone?! With sending the children off to school, that can bring on different emotions and even anxiety. I want to talk about how we can manage these feelings and equip you and your family for this season of change.

This feeling of emptiness or anxiety of the unknown can place a huge weight not only on parents, but also on the kids! There are so many different variables that can play a part such as: you are new to your neighborhood, the kids had school online this past year, or they are changing into a new grade. Let’s talk about how we can manage these emotions! Communication is a huge piece of this puzzle.

This starts with you as the parent. Be comfortable empathizing with your children about the situation and asking what their fears and worries are. Let them know that you understand what they are going through, and that you will be there to support them throughout the process. Make the time to ask them about their day when they get home, but make sure to LISTEN!

Structure plays a big part in this. It helps to have a set routine, especially in the morning. That routine can be as simple as having a designated shower and breakfast time. Make breakfast in the morning and sit down and talk about the upcoming day. That way you are prepared and ready to take on the day. Now, let's talk about you!

How can you help manage your stress or anxiety? Have a set hour at night that is specifically for YOU. Do something that makes you happy whether that is doing yoga, listening to music, reading a book, or watching a show. If you or your kids are having a hard time managing the stress. It may be time to see professional help.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to help manage that stress. We focus on how the brain is communicating with the body. Misalignments in the spine cause stress in the nervous system that affect how the brain and the body communicate! This can cause unnecessary stress on top of what is already going on! Take a deep breath, you got this!