Back to School & off to Uni
I can nearly hear the sigh of relief from some parents as their little darlings are returning to school after the summer holidays!
Whilst it may be a relief for parents it can be quite a stressful time for some youngsters. They may be moving up to a new class/year or just starting or changing school. These stresses/anxieties if not treated quickly can turn into full blown phobias and come out in all sorts of different ways. sometimes these can be very subtle and you may not notice for a while but usually they start to show extreme anxiety in the form of tummy aches, head aches, feeling sick and in some cases depression or self harming.
As you will know, if your child suffers with school phobia or sometimes referred to as school refusal, trying to get your child to school can turn into a nightmare situation, they are likely to go into a full blown tantrum, very disturbing for you the parent. This phobia is thought to be present in 1 – 5% of the population.
If you have a youngster showing signs of anxiety/stress please bring them to see me at the Practice and lets see if we can help them before a bigger problem arrises. The sooner we start helping the smaller the problem will be.
What you can do in the first instance
- Listen to your child and give them one to one attention – they need to feel that they are being listened to and someone can help them with their anxiety or fears.
- Always check with your GP that there is not a physical problem
- Book an appointment to see Teresa at the Practice
Heres a couple of helpful links
First time to Uni
The transition from college/6th form can be daunting. Maybe the first time living away from home, having to feed yourself and do your own washing! No one to clear up after you and on top of that having to wake up in the morning to get to lectures on time! On the positive side, you become your own person, start taking responsibility and prove to yourself and others you are a confident capable person. If you struggle with the latter then come in to see me and we can build your confidence and work on areas of anxiety. This is something Teresa has done time and time again with many students with great results!
Before you approach your exams a really good CD to listen to which will help you prepare is Take Exams with Confidence, best to get it now and be confident about those exam times. Not to forget that you will be expected to give presentations, so be prepared for those by regularly listening to my CD called Become a confident speaker, it will stand you in good stead for now and in your future employment.
With all that in mind good luck to all your youngsters out there, think positive and you will have positive results. Teresa. x