As we near the end of summer and the start of the new school year, you may feel a sense of stress and anxiety about the year to come. This is natural! You may be gearing up for your children to head back to school, or be anticipating a busy season at work. You may even be excited about no longer having to fill their days with activities! Instead of dreading these changes, try to embrace them. Change lays the foundation to build new habits and routines for a healthier life.
In a recent post in the New York Times “Well section,” writer Tara Parker-Pope created a guide for “How to Be Better at Stress.” Many of the concepts presented are in keeping with a Cognitive Behavioral approach to stress management. A few suggestions we found to be particularly interesting are:
Overall, encourage yourselves and your family to enjoy the start of the new school season and embrace the changes to come! Actively teaching your children stress management skills and shifting the way you manage and cope with stress can help build healthier habits for your entire family and prepare for future stressful transitions.
For more discussion and help on managing stress, watch Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend.”