With the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, living at home and limiting social media seems like the only wise course to take. This was a very effective way to reduce the spread of the virus.
Now, with more people receiving vaccinations, as well as lower rates of disease, restrictions have dropped across the country. Many of my friends, relatives, and acquaintances are also embracing their freedom to move freely and reconnect with others. I feel the pain of freedom and the call for open space.
At the same time, many are anxious about returning to social status and do not know what to expect. As the parent of a college-going kid, Derek, who suffers from anxiety all his life, I understand their concerns. College students are no strangers to stress-Easy. Classes, money, their passion, team life – these are the things that affect student health and well-being. But the epidemic has exacerbated the negative effects of these things and ruined what has happened in college.
What Are Your Anxieties?
According to the American Psychological Association, “Anxiety is a disorder characterized by stress, anxiety and body changes such as an increase in blood pressure” (See Chapter 14, Psychological Science). Symptoms of anxiety can be emotional, physical, cognitive, or behavioral, and are often a hindrance to daily activities.
Besides, the students of each college live in an indefinite period; we need to keep in mind that it is normal to feel some anxiety about school. Students tend to worry about health issues, socializing with people after a pandemic, and hope for the future. If you have ever been under a lot of stress or are afraid of college, you may be experiencing stress. I saw Derek facing a lot of stress the day of his return to college was approaching.
This is a list of strategies and techniques that have helped my child deal with his (sometimes serious) concerns. These techniques have also helped her to regain her balance. I hope it also helps you who are not ready to hang out like it’s 2019!
Ways to Help Your Child Cope With Going Back to College
Recognizing and Overcoming Their Fears
Like many of her classmates and friends, my daughter quickly got used to studying almost a year ago. After a long period of isolation, a sudden switch to school classes means more social interaction. This was scary.
For him, as with other adolescents who suffer from anxiety, it may take time to adjust to the new environment. Parents need to understand that going back to school is not the same as before. Today, students also have to contend with the need for continuous adherence to COVID-19 self-defense strategies. Parents also need to understand and address their child’s concerns about getting the disease.
Help Them Prepare for the Change
One way I helped my son prepare for school was to think of the change he could expect. Doing so helped him to cope with whatever trials he might face. Here are some of the ones that helped:
- Asking college what strategies they are taking to protect students. My son has asthma and is at high risk if he has Covid virus and needs extra protection. I also carried extra masks and hand sanitizers.
- Since he was worried, we politely tried to ask others not to go too far. Besides, although the plague appears to be in decline, personal safety is very important during our conversations.
Make It a practice to Speak Properly
I will not lie. Going back to school had its challenges, but my son was ready to get used to it. This is important because things can change over time. Some concerns during this time were to be expected, but I encouraged her to speak up. We also emphasized the need to keep in mind what he can and cannot control. He constantly reminded himself that he was working hard to protect himself and was putting his health first. Because of his anxiety, he showed great strength and courage, and he never lost sight of that fact.
Seek Out Help Quickly
Much of my son’s success in coping with stress was due to the help he received from his school psychology training. And he did not wait until he returned to campus. Her school partnered with telephone operators to give students access to psychiatrists and doctors. Regardless of where they are, they can see the mentor through a real video.
Many schools also offer 24/7 opportunities for counselors, as well as expanding mental health care. They also have real-life experiences and discussions on a variety of psychological problems. You can also ask the technical center of the school or student office if they have a telephone connection with the school.
But the most important thing for all young people, adults going to college and their parents should know what? We are all in this TOGETHER! Sharing our experiences helps us heal and support – and that is the goal we should strive for.