How To Deal With School Burnout In Children

We have often heard of burnouts in adults. Stress due to work and other factors take a toll on the health, both physical and mental. But, do you know that children can also be victims to burnout?

By Ashwin Dewan

How To Deal With School Burnout In Children

In today’s age and time, children are subject to intense pressure in school. Be it in the form of academics, homework, sports or other activities, children are coping with extra responsibilities like never. Over time, this can gradually lead to school burnout in children, which can be detrimental to their health.

As a parent, when do you know it is too much for your child? To begin, watch out for signs and symptoms that signal school burnout in your child such as:

  • Excess restlessness
  • Irritation
  • Combativeness
  • Feelings of dejection
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increase in tantrums
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate or sleep often
  • Falling behind others in school work, withdrawn all the time

School activities are fun for your child in the beginning – making new friends, playing in the school ground, discovering new things but, as time passes, when activities start piling up, your child can fail to cope up and suffer burnout. In such a situation, how do you react? This article looks at ways to deal with school burnout in children.

Take stock of his schedule:

One of the first things to do if your child is complaining of school burnout is assessing his schedule. If you feel he needs time off from some activities, go ahead and cut off the activity. Ask your child about his struggle and which activity he feels is burdening him. If he is not happy with the sports schedule, try to find out the cause behind it.

Encourage your child to wait and watch:

Many children pass through a phase when they begin to have doubts about their commitment to an activity. As a parent, you should try to help your child find the reason behind this. To begin, you should not withdraw your child out of an activity the moment they become dissatisfied with it. Try to decide on a period where your child can assess his interest towards an activity. If they realise the activity is not for them, they can stop.

Adults feel stress due to many reasons such as work, household duties, etc. Children are no different. They feel stressed too. So, how can you help? This ClipBook looks at ways you can help your child beat stress.

Follow a healthy diet:

Many times, the right and healthy diet can play a part in reducing your child’s stress. Make sure you set a diet that has the right combination of proteins, minerals, fat and carbohydrates. They maintain the health of your child leading to them leading a stress-free and happy life and subsequently, leads to less chance of a school burnout. Encourage positive thinking:

Keeping a positive mindset can help a child deal with school burnout. Surround your child with a positive environment. You can try to create a cheerful atmosphere, have open discussions, indulge in fun activities and plan regular family outings. Play games at home, go for picnics, make sure everyone is there during meal times.

Limit expectations:

`One important lesson parents should learn is not to overburden children with expectations. This can have a negative impact on a child’s growth. It might create a fear of failure in your child who might even feel guilty for not having met your expectations. Pressure to do well in academics will only lead to faster school burnout in children.

Encourage your child to seek help:

If your child has tried numerous strategies and methods to deal with school burnout and still struggling to fight burnout, it might a be a good idea to seek help. Mental stress plays a vital part in burnout and an expert in the field may just be able to help. Severe burnout can lead to physical, emotional, and academic consequences.

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