How to avoid end-year anxiety

It’s nearly the end of July, can you believe it – where has this year gone free picture? Before you know it, your kids will have finished end-of-year exams, be begging you to let them go away with friends as well as starting to get ready for Christmas. Anxious already? Don’t worry – we’ve put together your anxiety-busting action plan.

Did you know that anxiety has a number of effects on your body? So, it’s essential that you find ways to help you control situations that you know make you anxious.

Take a breath and plan in advance: Time might be whizzing by, but you still have over four months to get everything in order. The fact that your teenager is asking you about an end-year trip is actually a good thing – put your hand up if your child has told you the day before that he’s going on a road trip! To ease your anxiety:

  • Speak to the parents of your child’s friends and put together a plan to make sure everything will be in order before they leave. Ask questions about: accommodation, who is going to be there, do they have emergency numbers, who will be driving etc.
  • Make sure that you know all the information before they leave.
  • If you’re planning a family holiday, follow the same rules, especially if you’re going overseas.
    End-of-year exams. You aren’t the only one who’ll be feeling anxious. All the work your child has been doing is for these exams and, by now, they are feeling the pressure.
  • Keep calm and help them. Anxiety is infectious, making everyone tense. If you see your child is becoming anxious, keep calm and sit down with them; give them positive advice so that they know you are backing them. Make time to help them with any subjects they’re struggling with.
  • Help them relax. Your child needs to take regular breaks from studying to allow their brain to recharge. Why not take them out to their favourite restaurant or buy a few movie tickets for them and their friends.
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Christmas: so much to do, so little time! Even though the actual day is a joyous occasion, leading up to it can take anxiety to another level.

  • Food; presents; family – whatever it may be, start organising earlier, rather than later. The last thing you need is to find there are no more turkeys left or that the limited edition videogame you child wants is out of stock.
  • Take some time to relax. Being overwhelmed leads to anxiety, so it’s important that you take some “time out” – go to the gym; do some yoga; read that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table for months. The point is to do something that YOU enjoy, allowing you to zone out, drowning out anxiety-causing chaos.
  • Set achievable goals. Thinking about what needs to happen in the next four months in a single thought will make anyone anxious – rather set achievable goals for every month.
  • Ask family and friends for help. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Ask your family and friends to help you out: assign everyone different tasks and give them deadlines to follow.

And there you go! Try some of these tips and you can be sure to avoid end-year anxiety situations.

Sources: PsycheCentral, ADAA