Helpful Coping Strategies for Parents
- Understand that this is a difficult transition and that your feelings are a normal part of the process. Talk with your friends and family about the way that you are feeling and try to find comfort in knowing that you are not alone by seeking the support of other parents who have college bound students as well.
- Make time to exercise, explore a new hobby, or to do that thing you have wanted to for some time now but have kept putting off. Doing so can help give you a new channel in which to focus your energies and help you feel better. Exercising in particular can help alleviate feelings of sadness, increase your energy level, and lower stress.
- Be patient with yourself and your student. This transition is very difficult for both of you and requires patience and understanding. Know that stress can cause your student to talk and/or act in ways that they normally would not and this can sometimes make you feel unappreciated, do not take it personally, this transition may take time for both of you.
The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma. Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.
During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.