Many of you won’t have been at school for many weeks or even months so the last few weeks may have been a bit daunting, making you feel stressed, worried or anxious.
It’s totally normal to be feeling this way about returning to school, but there are some things you can do to help make the transition back to normal school life easier…
Focus on The Good Things
If you’re feeling worried about being in school after being off for so long, focus on the good parts of the day. Think about the fact that you are seeing your friends, catching up for chats and socialising with others. Look forward to the classes and subjects you enjoy the most and focus on the fact that face-to-face learning is so much better than having to do so at home.
Follow The Coronavirus Rules
It’s likely that your school will have some rules surrounding Coronavirus that are in place to keep you, fellow students, teachers and other staff members safe. This will include things like social distancing, wearing masks at certain times and not being able to carry out some activities.
In order to stay safe and healthy, it’s important that you and your friends follow the rules as much as possible as they’re there for a reason. By doing so, you’ll dramatically reduce any risk you have of catching Coronavirus and keep you and your family safe.
Ask for Help at School if You Need it
Due to home learning you may feel as though you’ve fallen behind your classmates and that’s totally normal. If you’re worried that you are behind, then the best thing to do is speak to your teacher and ask for extra help if you feel you need it. They are be best placed to help you catch up and be where you need to be.
Speak About What’s Worrying You
Simply speaking about what’s making you worried can be a big help and can take a massive weight off your shoulders. Try speaking to someone you trust like a parent, guardian, friend, relative or someone else.
If you don’t feel you can trust anyone you know and would rather reach out to a mental health resource there are plenty of options. Places like YoungMinds provide free, 24/7 crisis support across the whole of the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need help, text YM to 85258 and someone will respond quickly to help you.
Of course, you can always rely on the team at Youth Connect South West. If you’d like to speak to one of the Youth Connect South West team for support, give us a call on 01225 396 980 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4:30pm. Outside of this call us on 07980 998 670. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.
The sun is shining, you’re back at school, and we can all start to feel like normality is in sight! Enjoy it!