Summer break is officially over and students are preparing for the school year ahead of them. It’s back-to-school time across the country, and here in Tampa Bay school has officially started, welcoming hundreds of thousands of students back for the new school year. Normally this is an exciting time, but in the era of COVID, quarantines, and uncertainty, parents and students alike are more stressed-out than ever.
In years past it would mean the excitement of school shopping, picking out new backpacks and clothes, meeting new teachers, making new friends, and so much more. But as the country, and especially central Florida, deal with the spread of the COVID Delta Variant, back to school brings on new meanings and new stress for everyone involved.
For many parents, the past year of virtual learning due to COVID concerns has created more stress and anxiety. In fact, a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that parents and children who attended school in person in the fall reported significantly less stress and anxiety than those who learned either online or in a combined setting. And now that their children are returning to the classroom, there’s even more to worry about.
Simply put, back-to-school time for parents has become more stressful than ever before. After a year of virtual learning with managing school schedules, work schedules, and at-home classrooms, students have begun to navigate this new world of returning to the classroom while parents work to keep their kids safe.
Back to School Was Stressful Before COVID
Being a parent is stressful. In fact, we recently wrote about how experts agree that being a parent is the toughest job out there, and that’s during normal non-pandemic times. There is no shortage of stressors for parents, and many of them have limited resources to deal with them, and back-to-school time is at the top of the list for parents.
A 2019 study showed that 60% of parents viewed back-to-school season as the most stressful time of the year. Again, this is pre-pandemic times before health and political issues around COVID-19 infiltrated the world of education.
In “normal” times, there are the social concerns that many parents share, like will my kids make friends at school, are they going to be safe, will they have good teachers, and are they going to eat healthy foods? And, of course, the financial concerns over the cost of new clothes, buying school supplies, packing lunches, and more.
All those concerns are still very relevant as parents send their kids back to school this year. However, this year parents are grappling with the responsibility of managing the COVID environment for their kids.
There’s never an easy time to be a parent, but this particular moment in history is especially difficult for many parents.
Managing the Back-to-School Stress
Saying it’s a stressful time for parents would be an understatement, especially for mothers. As of January this year, approximately 10 million mothers in the United States with school-age children were not actively working. Among them, more than 700,000 moms had given up on work outside the home entirely, according to Census Bureau data.
And now, after dealing with a year of these stressors, parents are once again face with even more difficult scenarios for their children. As baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, “it’s déjà vu all over again.”
Recognizing that there is stress is simple – heck, most people know that they are stressed out. But managing that stress can be a little more complicated. There are a lot of recommendations to help parents manage the stress and anxiety of back-to-school season, including:
• Building support networks;
• Having open conversations;
• Equiping your kids with situational knowledge; and
• Giving yourself a break.
One of the biggest recommendations, which is also one that most parents ignore, is practicing and taking time for selfcare. Self-care is never selfish, and this is can one of the most rewarding precautions parents can take to fight stress and anxiety.
Many of our clients are parents and we are grateful that they trust us to help them manage their stress through a variety of treatments like IV and Injection Therapy.
Replenish Yourself For Back to School
For parents across Tampa Bay, Replenish IV Solutions provides a variety of therapies to enhance a healthy and youthful lifestyle, boost your immune system, and fight stress and anxiety. Our services include personalized IV therapies, vitamin injections, NAD+, regenerative therapy, diagnostic screening, and esthetics to include injectable therapies. We also offer health and beauty retail products.
In addition to four locations around Tampa Bay, Replenish IV offers a 24/7 Concierge Service that brings the Replenish IV Solutions experience to you in the comfort of your own home, office, or hotel.
However you choose to practice selfcare, let the Replenish team help you manage the craziness, stress, and anxiety as parents deal with back-to-school season in 2021.