Back-To-School Mental Health Tips For The Entire Family


Back-To-School Mental Health Tips For The Entire Family 

The back-to-school season is a period of transition not just for students, but for the entire family.  As routines shift, new challenges arise, and expectations change, it’s essential to prioritize your family’s mental health to ensure a smooth and positive adjustment.  From children to parents, here are a few helpful tips from our team that can help build resilience, improve communication and create a sense of balance this school year and beyond.


Communicate Openly

Encourage open dialogue among family members about their feelings and concerns regarding the upcoming changes. Create a safe space where everyone can express themselves without judgment. This helps create a sense of belonging, trust, and understanding that extends to every aspect of life.


Establish Healthy Routines 

Healthy habits and routines help alleviate stress by minimizing unexpected surprises and last-minute rushes. Structured routines provide a sense of stability and security. Plan consistent wake-up  times, meal schedules, and bedtimes whenever possible. This predictability can help reduce anxiety and foster a sense of control.


Set Realistic Expectations

Set realistic expectations for work, academic performance, and extracurricular activities. Emphasize effort rather than perfection and remind your family that it’s okay to ask for help when needed.  When families embrace the practice of setting realistic expectations, they create a foundation of understanding, unity, and shared growth.


Prioritize Sleep

Adequate sleep is crucial for mental health for adults and children alike. Despite busy schedules, ensure each family member gets enough rest by maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Before school starts, ease into bedtime routines and create comfortable sleep environments.


Get Professional Support

Stress can bring down the best families. If any family member experiences persistent challenges or signs of emotional distress, consider seeking guidance from a mental health professional. Therapy or counseling can provide valuable coping strategies, especially during transitional times in life. 

The back-to-school season is an opportunity for growth, learning, and adaptation. By prioritizing mental health and embracing these tips, your family can navigate this transition with resilience, positivity, and a strengthened sense of unity.


At New U Therapy & Family Services, we work with all ages from 6yo up to 75yo plus. You don’t need to go anywhere or stress about finding the right mental health clinician to be happy. We’ll do everything for you and your loved one in one place, whether over telehealth within CA or in person.