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Worried or anxious about returning to school after lock down!

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Worried or anxious about returning to school after lock down!

Posted by on 29 May 2020

“In strange times like these - You are a Warrior, not a Worrier”

You may feel happy being able to get back with your friends, but you may also be feeling worried or anxious about what it will be like going back to school! Believe me you are not alone in feeling this way - everyone will be having these mixed feelings too.


Read this letter from an amazing young person who wanted to help other young people to not feel afraid about returning to school/college...

Hey everyone my name is Daisy.

I’m still in collage. I’m 16 soon to be 17.

I know quite a lot of you are worrying about going back to school or college, 

I am too, but don't worry about it.

All this isolation stuff has made life quite hard at the moment and you have got out of your morning routines - like not having to wake up at the crack of dawn to get ready and out the door for school or college. I have not missed it at all because at the moment I’m sleeping in till 12 or 2:30pm!

Going back to school is not as scary or as worrying as you think it will be. It might be a bit daunting at first like your first day in a big school, but it will get easier I promise. If you’re like me and you over think things  (a lot)  then don’t be scared to talk to someone about the things that your worried about because if you keep it all inside your going to pop sooner or later, so talk to a friend that goes to your school or someone that you live with or a trusted adult.

Just don’t stress over school its not worth it trust me.

As long as you can do the best that you can do then that’s all that matters. If like me your school sends you work to do and you have done it, find a folder that isn’t being used and put all the work that you have done in that folder, and put it in your bag ready for school. Go to bed at a decent time, get your bag ready and lay or hang your uniform out if you wear one.

The day that you must go back to school you might get butterfly’s that’s normal, just think of it as it’s been before - a normal weekend and it’s just a Monday at school/college as usual. I know that’s easy to say, but the more you think about it the more it becomes overwhelming. 

Don’t think about the whole week of school because that’s enough to wear you out without even going there so just take it one day at a time.

When you get to school/college, you might think “Oh no, I can’t do this!“ But let me tell you this - You can do it - it’s just that you need to believe in yourself that you can beat the first day back at school/collage, and when you go home you will think to yourself “Wow that was a piece of cake, a bit scary! But nice to see all my friends again”

Just do your best! It’s easy if you think about it. I know everyone who reads this and is going back to school/collage can do it because your amazing and you’re going to do so blinking well on your first day back.

Your sincerely


 We have put together the below advice to help you feel more prepared for school/college.

How can I feel less anxious?

The best thing you can do is talk to someone you trust - family and friends.

  • Face time friends to share your thoughts and feelings about going back
  • Talk to your teacher if you feel you can, to help reassure you.
  • If you need someone to talk to about how you are feeling right now you can chat to other young people and get free and confidential online support from Kooth

What will school/college be like going back?

Your school are preparing to make things feel safe and comfortable for you.

School will feel different as you will have to follow your schools 2 metre social distancing rules in the classroom and during break times, but remember this won’t last forever, things will get back to normal for you and your friends - it will just take a bit of time!

I am worried about my schoolwork

Try not to worry if you have not managed to keep up with your schoolwork at home. There will be others just like you, who will have struggled to have done this at home too. Your school will be aware of this as lock down has affected families and us emotionally in so many different ways.  

My parents/carers say I can't go back to school/college, what do I do?

It is up to your parents/carers to decide whether or not they feel that going back to school now is the right thing for you and your family situation.

Your parents/carers may feel the best thing for you is to continue learning at home.

Try to stay positive about whatever decision your parents/carers make. The important thing is to stay connected to your friends and teachers whether you are learning at home or back at school.

Useful resources  

Are you finding lockdown hard? Are you concerned about the effect COVID-19 is having on your mental health? Why not join our webinar on 'Mental Health and COVID-19'!

Delivered by UEA students from our student union group 'Headucate', they will give you advice on mental well-being and tools for self-care; a myth-busting quiz about COVID-19 to help you distinguish fact from fiction; and scenario-based discussions about teenagers who are struggling during this pandemic.

To sign up to this FREE webinar simply follow the link and fill in the short form!

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