Reduce stress when returning to school after Covid-19 #beingprepared

Updated: Apr 23

Maybe you are looking forward to getting back to school to a normal routine and seeing your friends or maybe you are dreading it and find the thoughts of it quite daunting.

Maybe you are looking forward to getting back to school to a normal routine and seeing your friends or maybe you are dreading it and find the thoughts of it quite daunting.

The Government decided to close play groups and crèches and primary and secondary schools in Ireland on Thursday March 12. The reason for this was to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Most children jumped for joy at the thought of having extra time off but now the novelty may be wearing away as the need for routine, structure and social contact come into play.

It has not yet been decided when schools are to re-open their gates to their students, we must take it day by day until the Government announce when they are satisfied that schools should re open.

If you are worried or stressed about returning to school here are some tips that may help you:

 Be Organised: Prepare yourself before you return to school. Lay out your uniform, have your sports gear ready if needed. Maybe you would like to have a special lunch prepared by you or your parents so that you will have something to look forward to during the day. Wake up early enough so that you are not rushing around and are stressed going out the door.

 Surround yourself with your friends – Maybe during the ‘social distancing’ you may not have physically seen your friends yet you may have other forms of communication through video calls or texts. Having someone close to you on your first day back will make all the difference in easing your worries.

 Talk to someone – If you are feeling anxious about returning to school, whether your fears may be about the Coronavirus returning, hand hygiene etiquette, lessons or teachers, remember it is important to talk to someone about it.