The Back to School Stress Index

Back-to-school season often comes with a rush of different emotions for parents. This year, like so much else, these emotions have been pushed to the extreme. If this has been causing you stress, you’re not alone.

The world’s largest online learning platform and homework help community, Brainly, conducted a data study to find out just how stressed students across the country are. The Back to School Stress Index details the findings, which are outlined below. Brainly is here to share not only the findings on this study, but advice to help both parents and students through these times.

“This data study is proof that returning to school amidst an ongoing pandemic is changing nearly every aspect of families’ lives, not just for students and teachers - but also for parents. As a parent and former teacher, I found myself looking for ways to support my kids as they, like many others, struggled with catching up on missed work and adjusting to a new normal. Luckily, there are many online tools and resources such as Brainly we can turn to for support,” says Patrick Quinn, Parenting Expert at Brainly.

The top 10 states most stressed about the 2021-2022 back-to-school season were:

Montana

Pennsylvania

New Hampshire

North

Dakota

Arkansas

South

Carolina

Wisconsin

District

of Columbia

Iowa

Nebraska

Quinn shared the below tips for helping your kids manage their stress:

Take care of your three pillars of physical wellness: nutrition, sleep, and exercise.

Not making time to adequately care for yourself increases the risk of burnout, and while these pillars of physical wellness may seem like a “no brainer,” you’d be surprised how many parents don’t place enough importance on them and their connection to burnout. Experts agree that getting consistent, high-quality sleep improves virtually all aspects of health, which is why it is even more worthy of our attention during the coronavirus pandemic.

Share your experiences and connect with other parents and friends.

“One of my biggest pieces of advice to help parents overcome pandemic burnout is to connect with friends. That is something that often goes by the wayside when parents are struggling because when they’re working and raising children, they feel like there’s no time. However, it’s absolutely crucial for parents to connect with friends and share their experiences in order for them to maintain their emotional health,” says Quinn. Research shows that spending time with friends triggers the release of the feel-good hormone oxytocin. While social distancing rules may make it difficult to get together in person, FaceTime, Zoom, or even an old-fashioned phone call can still help. Using Brainly to connect with other parents

and students alike creates camaraderie, and shared thinking is a great way to connect with others in an increasingly digital world.

Ask your kids questions, instill boundaries, and provide support to each other when needed.

“Talk with your children about what they are learning in school and doing on their computers and phones, and decide if any limitations or oversight measures are called for,” says Quinn. For example, with a Brainly Parent Account, you can pair your account with your child’s account to track their learning progress, see their strengths and challenges, and help them with homework. Brainly takes safety very seriously and works with parents and its online community to establish best practices for safeguarding every child’s account. On top of that, Brainly provides privacy controls for every user and recommends that parents adjust those settings based on their specific needs. Plus, any upgrades parents buy for their own account will automatically carry over to their child’s account for free.

Make it a priority to spend quality time with your kids and be generous with your affection.

While we need to ensure our children are learning, it’s also important that we are monitoring and supporting their mental and emotional health during a time of acute stress and anxiety. What if instead of burning ourselves out, we could make the most of this time home with our children? What if we could cherish the opportunity to all learn, work, create, and play under one roof while finding new ways of doing so at the same time? In addition, Quinn adds: “Across species, physical comfort is a powerful way to manage stressful events. As much as your sheer quantity of family time might not make extra squeezes or hand-holding automatically appealing, that’s often exactly what kids need to manage big emotions that are simmering under the surface.”

For more info and the full results, go to https://brainly.com/insights/stress-index-2021.

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