Tips to Help Calm Your College Students Back to School Jitters

Sending your son or daughter off to their first day of school may have you singing songs of freedom and joy but it can be an enormous source of stress to your son or daughter. Fortunately, there are ways you can help ease your child back into school and make their first day a fun and stress-free experience.

Whether your son or daughter is preparing for their Freshmen year or they are returning to college - returning to school can present its own unique stressors.

To help ease your students back to school jitters, here are two tips so they are ready to hit the ground running their first day.

Healthy Snacks Calm the Nerves and Reduce Stress

During times of stress, it’s easy to turn turn to traditional "comfort" foods such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, and ice cream. Ironically, these high-fat foods are usually the worst possible choices because they can make us feel lethargic and less able to deal with stress.

With all the stresses and changes that come with college, when the first day is nearing make it difficult for your college student to reach for the comfort food by keeping healthy snacks around the house.

Check out these low-fat, high-fiber, carbohydrate-rich smoothies with plenty of fruits and vegetables. These healthy and delicious smoothies will soothe your college students nerves without snapping their energy.

Help Them Get Better Sleep with Meditation

Let’s face it - with back to school on the brain, college students have a hard time turning off and slowing down. Suggest your college student try meditation to help them sleep more soundly. A good night's sleep makes it easier to tackle the day's stress more easily.

Suggest Davidji’s Fostering Mindfulness: The Essence of Meditation ; a mind-calming practice that focuses on breathing and awareness of the present moment. Or Andrew Johnson’s Deep Sleep meditation to help teach your college student the tricks to achieving a deep, restful sleep.