Back to school syndrome, how to help children get through the “difficulties” (with recipes at the end)

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Dr. Chunyu

The beasts are finally going to start school, and parents can finally turn around and be liberated, but have you paid attention to how your children are doing recently? Chun Yujun got first-hand news, many parents reported that their children have recently had loss of appetite, lack of energy, and some have anxiety. Chun Yujun wants to remind: “This is the school opening syndrome”.

School Start Syndrome is a disorder in which children show discomfort, fear or even rejection of learning and life in the new term during the period before and after school starts. The manifestations of organic morbidity [1], parents should not ignore it. Today, Chun Yujun shares several methods to help children get through this difficult period, and a small recipe is attached at the end.

The figure is from reference 1

Adjust life

Let your child eat and sleep according to the requirements of school. If getting up is a problem, consciously reduce activities the night before and go to bed earlier. In addition, the activities of the day should be as close to the school’s curriculum as possible. For example, 8:00 am to 11:00 am is the class time. It is best to calm down and read the textbook carefully, so that the children can slowly enter a relaxed and familiar classroom. state.


Massage: Pinch with your hands or lightly tap your child’s arms, shoulders, calves, and thighs to relax muscles and relieve anxiety and tension.

Hot Foot Soak: Soak your feet with hot water before going to bed. It has the effect of relieving fatigue and sleeping, and can soothe the body and mind.

Appropriate exercise: Moderate physical activity is also a good method, such as dancing, running, or during holidays. food, beverages and snacks. At this time, it is mainly light, and it is necessary to fully supplement foods rich in vitamins, such as fruits, vegetables, etc., reduce the intake of fat, and eat less fried foods.

Visit the library

If you don’t know what to do before school starts, you might as well go to the library, bookstore, etc. Let the children feel the strong fragrance of books, not only make some preparations for the new semester, but also make it easy to calm down the body and mind.

Purchase start-up equipment

Prepare your child with school necessities for the new semester ahead of time. If conditions permit, buy a few new things, such as new schoolbags, new stationery boxes, new notebooks, etc., to remind children that school is about to start, and enhance children’s sense of freshness and anticipation for the new semester.

Enjoy the ritual

A psychologist suggests that ending a vacation also requires ritual. You can chat freely with your child, review and describe your child’s holiday life, and make a brief summary of the holiday, which means the holiday is over, which will make the child consciously imply that the new semester has begun [2].


Anxiety Relief Tips

Eat more foods with B vitamins. B vitamins are regarded as stress reducers, which can regulate endocrine, balance emotions, and relax nerves. Foods with more B vitamins are: germ rice, brown rice, whole wheat bread, dark vegetables, low-fat milk, soy milk, eggs, spinach, tomatoes, etc.

Vitamin C also has the effect of balancing psychological stress. Studies have shown that when people are under some relatively large psychological pressure, the body will consume 8 times more vitamin C than usual. Therefore, at this time, you should consume more foods rich in vitamin C, such as spinach, cauliflower, sesame, and fruits [3].

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[1] Xu Chunling, Liu Dong, Chen Rui. Humanistic reflection of school opening syndrome and its adjustment strategies [J]. References for Middle School Politics Teaching, 2018:(1), 72- 75.

[2] Bu Zonghui. How to cure “School Opening Syndrome” [J]. Second Class, 2021, 44-47.

[3] Chen Jianglong, Zhu Linlin. How to deal with early childhood syndrome[J]. Family Education (Parents of Young Children), 2008: 20-21.