Beat the Back to School Blues

Sep 04, 2019in news

We all can remember that first day of school. Whether it’s the first day of elementary school, middle school, high school or even college and beyond, for most of us, the “butterflies in the stomach” feeling that the change of routine brought, passed quite easily as school schedules took over summer schedules. For others though, the stress of starting the new school year goes beyond simple butterflies.

“Back to School” season can be a very stressful time for both children and parents. According to a recent article published by the American Psychological Association (APA), “The transition from summer to school time can test families’ coping skills in dealing with adjustments such as new teachers and new classrooms as well as managing hectic school and work schedules.”

To help the family adjust to this change in routine, Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD, recommends, “Working with your children to build resilience and manage their emotions (which) can be beneficial for the psychological health of the whole family.”

Just as importantly for parents, don’t forget about your own routines. Back to school means crazier schedules and juggling work, kid’s activities, school activities, home responsibilities and “me” time. Unfortunately, the first activity that is usually dropped is the “me” time, and that’s a mistake.

According to Fawne Hansen, author and wellness coach, “The lack of time to yourself can cause you to build up resentments that can harm both you and your relationships. When you spend all your time filling other people’s cups, it’s likely yours will run empty. Sometimes, especially when we’re tired, we may become angry about giving so much.”

Hand & Stone has become the fastest growing spa brand in the country by creating “me” time for our customers and members. Choose from one of our massage services which have been shown to reduce stress hormone levels by 30 percent or choose a facial that combines the stress relieving benefits of massage with visual improvement in skin tone and appearance. Or maybe you just want to enjoy an hour of uninterrupted relaxation time. No matter how you want to dedicate “me” time, Hand & Stone is the perfect antidote to Back to School stress.