Coping with anxiety

It’s natural to feel worried when waiting to hear about the outcome of an appeal decision. Last year’s assessment arrangements were new to everyone which added extra uncertainty too. You might have have struggled with your education during lockdown or with lots of transitions from learning at home to schools reopening. But that’s ok. Lots of pupils had a tough time adjusting and you may still feel anxious about what’s happening next.

Be kind to yourself – lots of pupils are awaiting appeal decisions and it’s ok to feel uncertain about recent changes and your education.

6 tips if you’re feeling anxious about appeal results and going back to school:

Here are our 6 top tips to help with how you’re feeling.

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  1. Sharing how you feel helps – it’s better out than in. Talk to someone you trust, like a friend, family member, teacher or helpline. We have a few suggestions below…
  2. Try not to worry about results when awaiting news of an appeal. Remember that lots of your peers will be feeling the same and that school staff are there to support you. There are also lots of other people that can provide support. Take a look at a few options below…
  3. If you feel like you are struggling with your learning (for whatever reason), remember that you have the right to extra support to help you in your education.
  4. Social media and the news can make you feel anxious. At this time of year there are lots of stories about exam results and schools returning. Take a break and limit how much you look at them. Remember that you are in control – think about deleting apps or unfollowing people if they are worrying you.
  5. If you are anxious about whether it will be safe to go back to school again after summer, check out our advice on what schools are doing to keep everyone safe.
  6. Feel worried about your future? Find out about organisations who can help you think about your options when you leave school.

Who else can help me?

Contact childline: online, on the phone, anytime. 0800 1111

If you are stressed and anxious about exam results Childline has information on their website to help. You can also call Childline on 0800 1111 or speak to a 1-to-1 counsellor online. If you are deaf you can use SignVideo.

If you need urgent help, you can text YM to 85258 to contact Young Minds. Young Minds also have good advice about coping with exam anxieties, like congratulating yourself, considering your options and not comparing yourself to others.

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Young Scot also has information all about exam results to help you relax, to support your friends and to plan your next steps, whatever your results. They also have some useful discounts too!