Reducing Back to School Anxiety
Back to school season seems to start sooner and sooner each summer. Most don’t even go back to school in the fall anymore. And kids, young adults, and even adults going back to school have more anxiety than ever before. So, with the help of the Gravity Blanket, let’s take a look at how one can reduce anxiety when heading back to school.
Disclaimer: This review was done by team member Emily. She was provided product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are her own and were not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Set a Schedule
And no…not your class schedule. Create your own schedule that fits around your class schedule for regular self-care. This includes eating properly and sleeping well. Planning ahead is key, so you can manage your schedule and your expectations. Things always come up unexpectedly, but if I am already planning ahead for everything else I can manage those with little extra stress. You can even schedule in set break times to just calm down and snuggle up under you Gravity blanket. Just don’t fall asleep too early! This was tough for me. After a while of just sitting with my blanket on my lap, I wanted to just crash and go to sleep. Considering I have insomnia, this is pretty incredible to me.
Have Coping Mechanisms
A lot of times I don’t realize the anxiety has gotten to me until I snap. And I literally snap and verbally bite someone’s head off. That’s when I go “Woah, wait a minute. Am I really this stressed out?” Having a schedule, as mentioned above, can help this a lot, but so can other coping mechanisms. Things like fidget spinners and keeping the weighted gravity blanket on my lap help keep me grounded and present in the moment. This way I can regularly check in with how I feel and take steps necessary to relax if I’m getting to wound up because I’m more self-aware of the building stress.
Talk It Out
Have someone to talk to. If your child is the student, listen to them with empathy. Don’t assume what they want, but ask if they want you to try and help fix the situation or to just listen. Most of the time it just helps to listen. Talking it out relieves a lot of the stress and also helps to clarify and straighten out you thinking processes regarding what is stressing you out.
Focus on the Positive
Did you know that if you spend just 20 minutes each day thinking of only positive things that after 21 days it literally rewires your brain to be more positive? It’s true. My favorite time to unwind and “think positive” is when I first go to bed. I snuggle down into the bed to get warm and comfy, throw my Gravity Blanket over me, and do a 20-minute meditation. I think about my goals and dreams and sort of give thanks for all the good things in my life.
Get Enough Sleep
We addressed this int he schedule, by knowing to set aside enough time for sleep, but it really is important to do everything you can to get the best, most restful 8 hours you can. Find out exactly how much sleep you or your child should be getting and try to work around that. It’s always a transition but it is worth it to get into that routine. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep. Even with meditation irrational anxiety seems to creep in. This has been greatly reduced and I have cut my time to fall sleep down dramatically since sleeping with the Gravity Blanket over me. That makes me a part of the 72% of Gravity Blanket users that experienced sleep improvement like in their recent study.
No Added Worries
This brand is even having a Back to School sale. So, you can send your college student off to the dorms with even more peace of mind. Simply go to GravityBlankets.com and use code: COLLEGE to get 25% off any regular Gravity Blanket in your choice of size and weight. But only through September 2nd, 2019! Go you need to hurry! I’m so glad that I got mine.
The covers are super soft and almost act as a separate calming agent as I find myself petting it quite often, which I find calming. That cover easily comes off for washing as well too, so even less worry there. I was worried that a 15-pound blanket would not be heavy enough for me. It is less than 10% of my body weight currently but it’s perfection. My older son loves it as well and I notice he sleeps better with it and is much easier to wake for school in the morning. I know I have been considerably soothed from my own back to school anxiety this semester with the soft and cozy blanket.