Some ways to help students of any age can be:
- Talk to your child, teen, or college student asking how their day or classes are going…listen for clues about struggles
- Ask about new friends or new experiences in their life…few friends and limited new experiences can be stressful, particularly for teens and college students
- Remind them of their importance to you and of your willingness to be of assistance as needed
- Be mindful of their reporting headaches, stomach aches, not wanting to go to school, generally not feeling well…these may be signs of anxiety
- Spend time each day with your child or teen, all that may be needed is 15 minutes for just that special connection and presence
- For the college student, send a card or a thinking of you email to remind them they are missed and wishing them well in their new life adventure…send a care package routinely from home
If you are concerned about your child and their noting of having anxiety, then it may be time to speak with your family physician or pediatrician, speak to a counselor, psychologist, or school counselor, or social worker about your concerns. There may be other underlying circumstances that are creating anxiety for your child or college student. If there are concerns, at KLF Counseling & Consulting, PA we are trained in working with the schools as Kathy L Fortner, EdS LPC, NCC has worked in both the public schools and also college counseling clinics, as well as in mental health counseling practice and primary care, so she is truly aware of issues affecting children, teens, and college aged students, and their parents at this time of year. May each of the readers, if they have children, have a great year! Let us know if we can help with anxiety and stress!