Guided Imagery to Make the Start of the School Year a Lot Easier

I remember when we used to drop our kids off at pre-K, the teachers would shoo us out of the vicinity ASAP, knowing that if one or two helicopter moms or dads stuck around, wringing their hands and signaling concern, there’d be kids who couldn’t stop crying until after they left.  (Often this miraculous transformation would occur within 6 seconds of their exit.)

We used to joke with each other: who exactly had the separation anxiety, anyway – the kids or us parents? 

The fact is, at any age and under any circumstances, going back to school and entering a new grade with new teachers, structure, classmates and expectations stirs up anxiety.  Anxiety, after all, is the kissing cousin of excitement.  Both play a part in the start of a new school year, and both involve adrenaline – the biochemistry is pretty similar.

It’s stressful for parents, too, even as they welcome getting the kids out of the house at last.  But it’s also pressure and more work: getting supplies and clothes; reading and signing forms; adapting to new schedules, car pools, after school activities; helping with homework; and getting the kid out the door on time, every morning.  With special needs kids, you can double or triple the work and worry.

The good news is this: there are many superb, mind-body resources for kids and parents, designed to reduce stress, beef up performance, instill confidence, and help with focus and concentration.

Here are a few of my picks – some of the guided imagery and meditation audios that can make the start of school a lot easier.

For younger kids, pre-k through lower grades, starting with the titles geared for the youngest audience – these can all be found on our Kids/Teens page.

  • Energy & Me
  • The Star Within
  • Magic Island
  • I Am the Sky
  • Calm & Clarity
  • Relaxed & In Control

For sophisticated middle-schoolers, teens, college age and adult students:

  • Concentration, Focus & Learning
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Relaxation & Wellness
  • Greater Memory & Learning Skills
  • Healthy Self-Esteem Pack

For Stressed Parents:

  • Relieve Stress
  • Relaxation & Wellness
  • Free Yourself from Anxiety
  • Mindfulness Meditations
  • Mindful Meditation Mix
  • Yoga Nidra

So give one or two of these a try, either for yourself or a back-to-schooler you love. See how they work. If they deliver the goods, add some others for variety. By the way, we have a special Back-To-School promotional code right now. Just enter BTS2016 during your checkout.

Wishing everyone an easy transition from summer to fall!

All best,
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