Mak­ing sure kids avoid back-to-school burnout

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back to school burnout at the end of the sum­mer hol­i­days, just after en­ter­ing Year 11.

“I re­mem­ber one week in par­tic­u­lar when I had a con­cert (I was per­form­ing in a band and two choirs), the semi-fi­nals of a net­ball com­pe­ti­tion, two English mock ex­ams and a school sci­ence trip that I had been look­ing for­ward to for months.

“I had the flu and was bed-bound for most of the week, which was prob­a­bly caused by over­work­ing and not get­ting enough rest. I ended up miss­ing out on all of the events that I had been pre­par­ing for for ages and, to be hon­est, it made me feel su­per sad.”

On av­er­age, preschool and pri­mary school aged chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence three to eight coughs or colds a year, while teenagers tend to con­tract be­tween two and four.

With peak cold and flu sea­son be­gin­ning in September, kids who burn out early in the year are more than likely to get ill and miss out on the ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties the school year has to of­fer.

For­tu­nately, there are some sim­ple pre­cau­tion­ary steps you and your child can take to avoid the threat of back to school burn out. Get out and about and get those en­dor­phins flow­ing. Whether they’re ex­er­cis­ing, en­joy­ing a coun­try walk or play­ing their favourite sport, en­dor­phins will help to re­duce stress and im­prove their mood - the per­fect an­ti­dote to back to school stress! Have things to look for­ward to Whether it’s cof­fee with friends or a trip to the movies, it’s about the lit­tle things. It’s im­por­tant to make sure they have fun in­cen­tives through­out the school year, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing exam sea­sons. Many of us will re­mem­ber the stress that comes with GCSEs and A Lev­els, so make sure to re­ward hard work. By ‘well’ we mean ‘healthy’. Lots of an­tiox­i­dant-rich fruits and veg­gies and, of course, plenty of wa­ter. It’s easy for kids to opt for sugar-rich snacks and en­ergy drinks to get them through the day, so it’s im­por­tant to en­sure they have plenty of healthy al­ter­na­tives to graze on when they get home. Healthy food and drink is a great start, but why not give your kids an im­mu­ni­sa­tion boost with some ex­tra vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments? Thi­amine, folic acid and ascor­bic acid are all great for con­cen­tra­tion and brain func­tion, while vi­ta­mins C, B6 and E are proven to boost im­mu­nity.

So­phie, who takes sup­ple­ments to com­bat back to school burn out, rec­om­mends UnBeel­iev­able Health Bee Pre­pared Max Strength, an allin-one com­bi­na­tion of high-qual­ity, nat­u­ral ingredients de­signed to help sup­port the im­mune sys­tem.

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