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06/07/2016

How to Avoid Back to School Blues

The end of the long summer vacations is fast approaching. This means less time together as a family, early starts and a lot more stress. On top of this, heading into autumn the weather begins to change - days are shorter, nights are longer, and the weather starts getting colder and wetter. This time of year brings with it a lot of changes, which many people find difficult to deal with. Every year, thousands of people, both parents and children alike, risk suffering from a phenomenon known as the ‘back to school blues’. However, there are steps that you can take to make the return to school easier and avoid getting down in the dumps. In today’s blog, the experts at The Tutoring Center, Garland TX would like to share their guide to how to avoid the back to school blues.

Avoid Sudden Changes to Schedules

Studies have shown that poor sleep quality is related to a number of psychological problems, including low mood and depression. Anyone who has ever experienced jet-lag can attest to the fact that it can make you feel much more sensitive and emotionally drained than normal. Well, the change in routine from vacations to term-time can actually produce a reaction similar to jet-lag. This is particularly noticeable in adolescents, whose natural sleep pattern is much later than that of younger children. If they are used to sleeping at midnight and waking at ten am, trying to suddenly go to sleep at ten pm in order to wake up at six am will not work. They will sleep go to sleep later, as this is what their body is used to, and will find it very difficult to wake up early. They will be sleep-deprived, irritable and may feel somewhat depressed. To avoid falling into this trap, you should start changing your child’s sleep schedule over a period of a few weeks before the start of term. Wake them 20 minutes earlier each day until you reach the time that they need to wake during term time. This will naturally shift their sleep pattern so that they start going to sleep earlier, without any shocks to the system. A great way of maintaining some routine during the vacation period is through regular tutoring classes. The Tutoring Center, Garland TX offers programs to suit children of all levels. Call today at (972) 200-7877 to book a free assessment and learn more.

Plan Quality Family Time

Another factor that can lead to ‘back to school blues’ for both children and parents is the vast reduction in the amount of time that you are able to spend together as a family once school starts. Parents have work commitments, kids have after school clubs, sports games and social commitments, as well as academic pressures. This can leave very little opportunity for quality ‘family time’. But, by being organized and prioritizing time together as a family you can always find a way to be together. Try noting down each family member’s weekly commitments on a communal calendar, so that you are always able to track down where everyone is. Trying to be together at meal times is a great way to get all members of the family together. This may not be possible every night of the week, but try to aim to eat together the majority of the time. Blocking out a period of time each weekend to undertake a family activity such a visiting relatives, or going to the cinema, is another excellent way to prioritize family time and keep your family feeling happy and united.

Manage Stress Positively

Something that can have a huge impact on the ‘back to school blues’ is the level of stress being experienced by each family member. Children can feel under huge amounts of pressure to perform academically, and can struggle to get back into the swing of studying after such a long break. Tutoring is an excellent way to provide a little extra support in the weeks leading up to the start of the new term. This can help your children to feel up to date with their subject knowledge and reduce the stress and fear that can be brought on by going into the new school year.

Tutoring in Garland TX

The Tutoring Center, Garland TX offers a fantastic range of tutoring programs which can benefit children of all learning levels. Call today at (972) 200-7877 to find out more about how tutoring in Garland TX can help your child.

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