It's sad to start thinking this way at the beginning of August. It gives me an uncomfortable chill. In all reality though, school is just around the corner. Those who just graduated high school will soon be packing to go off to college or university.
As parents you likely have a running list going somewhere of everything they will need. Your emotions are all over the map, excited to see them move on to the next chapter, and to have a little more room in the house, but also fearful of what they will face as they venture off on their own.
Your child's emotions are all over the map, excited to be out in the world on their own, no one to answer too, and yet already feeling lonely before leaving home. Nervous about what lies ahead. Not sure if they can succeed, and failure doesn't feel good.
All of these emotions are normal. Everyone has them. The best way to work through them is to talk about them, be open, allow people to know your fears, your emotions. Hiding them just compounds the energy the have.
Spend as much time getting the mental "stuff" together as you do getting the physical "stuff" together.
Parents may want to offer information and ideas on how to handle stress, how to become resilient to it, and how to counter act the stress of being out in the big world.
Here are a few tips:
1. Put yourself first. Look after your own needs, physical, emotional and mental.
Let go of the guilt you may feel when you say no to someone when you know you need to look after yourself.
2. Have an activity that allows you release stress.
Yoga, meditation, walking, running, keep a journal, practice gratitude.
3. Communicate openly:
Be willing to talk about how you feel. Let go of the stigma.
4. Reach out for help when you need it.
You are more supported than it may feel. If you don't ask, no one will know you need help.
5. Take care of your well-being.
Get plenty of sleep. Be conscious of how you feel, and take corrective action where needed.
Having balance in your life, in all areas is vitally important for both parents and children in order to experience a full happy life. When we are connected to our inner truth the decisions and actions we take are in alignment with where who we are.
I am offering students a reduced rate for back to school to be sure you start out feeling connected and grounded. . Before they make the big move, gift them with a sound bath/therapy session ($50.). In fact, when you book for a student, I will offer you the same price for a session for you. Visit my website for more information about sound therapy.