Back to School – Tips for Reduced Stress
School has started and for many parents and students this is a time of increased stress. There are a number of things I can think of that will help minimize the stress of the school year.
1. Don’t overcommit a student. We often stretch ourselves too thin with too many “good” activities. Do students really need to play multiple sports, be involved in multiple school activities as well as community activities? Take time to decide what is really important and what is not. Realize that most students do not pursue sports after the age of 17 due to burnout and time constraints.
2. Don’t overcommit as a parent. The same holds true for parents; are all of the activities we do truly important and do they move us and our families closer to our goals or are they activities that may be “good” but not the “best” for ourselves and our families.
3. Always be sure that there is time for healthy exercise, sleep and eating habits. I am always amazed how kids will have to eat at the fast food window at night because they have sports practice (kind of defeats one of the purposes of sports!). Same with breakfast in the am – are students too busy to eat a healthy one? If so they are too busy! I read a great quote in the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller: “It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, but it is that we feel the need to do to many things in the time we have”. Have a great start to the school year!