With the recent increase in coronavirus cases there is uncertainty about things changing again. It’s common to be feeling lots of different emotions – including anxious – about returning to school after the holidays.

The possibility of returning to school with new restrictions or your school temporarily closing may feel overwhelming. You may also be feeling anxious about what the rest of your year at school may look like. Remember, other people will be feeling the same as you – you are not alone.

It’s good to share how you are feeling if you are struggling in any way. Here’s some tips that can help:

  • Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. Sometimes talking can make you feel better. You might also find that others are feeling the same.
  • If you are feeling anxious about school work or assessments speak to a teacher or your guidance teacher. They should listen and try to put support in place to help you.
  • Reach out for help. There are lots of organisations and services that can support you and give you advice. You can call Childline on 0800 1111 and Samaritans on 116 123. Both numbers are free.
  • Get creative. Some people find that creative activities like writing, making or listening to music, drawing and painting help if they are feeling stressed. You may find that these activities can help you express how you feel about how lockdown has affected you.
  • Be patient and kind to yourself. Everybody responds differently to changes in their lives. It is important to take things at your own pace. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.

Young Scot have lots of information on the #AyeFeel page of their website if you are feeling anxious. You can visit it here: https://young.scot/campaigns/national/aye-feel