Greetings from Sweetwater!
Back to School 2017!!
Starting the new school year can be very exciting and exhilarating at the same time. We have compiled a list of teacher approved tips to help ease your child’s fears (as well as your own).
Meet and Greet
Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails. This is another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.
Take a School Tour
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with their environment will help them avoid the first day jitters. Together you can meet the teacher, find their desk, or just go exploring.
Connect with Friends
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.
Stock up on Supplies
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help them feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
Plan Chat time
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.
Ease on into Routines
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.
We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful first day of School from us here at Sweetwater Ob/Gyn Associates!
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Alleviate Pregnancy Jitters
Pregnancy can be an incredibly wonderful time in your life as well as a very scary time in your life. Your whole life (as well as your body) is going through a number of changes.
There are many things you can do to help alleviate those anxious thoughts and feelings while improving your coping skills during your pregnancy.
If you’ve never practiced meditation, now is a great time to start. Meditation is an excellent way to calm you and alleviate anxiety in general. Meditation doesn’t have to be tied to any religious beliefs, nor does it require any special props, skills, or setting. All you really need is a quiet place where no one will disturb you for 10 to 15 minutes.
Avoid Scary Stories and Images
When you’re anxious, it’s a really good idea to significantly avoid watching the news, reading the newspaper, or reading frightening news stories online. Filling your mind with negative images and stories will only make your anxiety worse. You especially want to avoid watching the news just before bedtime. You’ll sleep better and stay more relaxed if you make it a point to spend the last 30 minutes before you go to bed doing something relaxing, like taking a bath or listening to soft music.
Refute the “What Ifs”
When you’re pregnant and anxious, your thoughts are filled with a vast number of “what ifs.” For example, “what if my baby is premature,” “what if something goes wrong during labor,” “what if I’m a terrible mother,” “what if my baby is born with a birth defect,” and so on. Thoughts of “what if” are nothing but torture, and they open the door to all sorts of unnecessary worry and fear.
When you’re feeling anxious, your breathing typically becomes faster and shallower. Spend a few minutes throughout the day to stop and focus on your breathing. Practice taking slow, deep breaths (breathing through your nose) followed by exhaling slowly. Slowing down your breathing will help you relax.
Look for Ways to Reduce Your Stress
Stress always exacerbates anxiety. While some degree of stress is unavoidable, look for ways you can reduce the amount of stress in your life. Things you might consider are:
Cutting back on the hours you work (if possible)
Delegating tasks that will lighten your load at home and work
Getting regular aerobic exercise (such as swimming or walking)
A nxiety doesn’t have to cast a dark shadow over your pregnancy. By practicing the suggestions above, you’ll find that you feel more relaxed and more in control of your thoughts and feelings.
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