Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Make Sure Kids Avoid Back-to-School Burnout

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Make Sure Kids Avoid Back-to-School Burnout

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IT'S September; the new school term is here and many pupils are currently trying to get to grips with long days of studying after getting used to the extended holiday over the summer.

While it's important for kids to get stuck into school work, it's equally vital for them to pace themselves and avoid the threat of back to school burn out.

e new school year can serve as a fresh start for many children who return to school refreshed and ready to learn after a long summer's break.

However, this can be quickly squandered if kids push themselves too hard and get run-down, which can lead to poor attendance and disappointing exam results.

For many, the pressure of balancing coursework and exam preparation with extracurricular activities and socialising, can take a physical and emotional toll, one which can quickly begin to wear them out.

Sophie-May Lake, a 16 year old student, says she rst experienced back to school burnout at the end of the summer holidays, just after entering Year 11.

"I remember one week in particular when I had a concert (I was performing in a band and two choirs), the semi-nals of a netball competition, two English mock exams and a school science trip that I had been looking forward to for months.

"I had the u and was bedbound for most of the week, which was probably caused by overworking and not getting enough rest. I ended up missing out on all of the events that I had been preparing for for ages and, to be honest, it made me feel super sad."

On average, preschool and primary school aged children experience three to eight coughs or colds a year, while teenagers tend to contract between two and four.

With peak cold and u season beginning in September, kids who burnout early in the year are more than likely to get ill and miss out on the exciting activities the school year has to oer. …

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