Exam/School and Coronavirus Stress

Stress is common within teenagers these days and with the current coronavirus outbreak a lot of people have struggled a lot with mental health and stress, especially working from home and with people still trying to gain qualifications as this has been put on hold and rushed.

How does stress affect us?

Common effects of stress include:

  • feeling run down
  • eating lots more or lots less
  • fatigue/not feeling like doing anything
  • not getting enough sleep
  • worrying
  • being short-tempered
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How coronavirus has impacted schools/exams?

The stress of whether exams will go forward as usual or if they will get changed again at last minute, or if virus will affect the usual routine, or if it will be marked the same as last year.

  • Exams being cancelled
  • No supported study
  • Having to isolate and then trying to catch up on lessons
  • Teachers rushing subjects in case of another lockdown
  • shorter lessons
  • teachers isolating

 

What can we do about stress?

If we are stressed, things that can help include:

 

  • getting more physical activity
  • doing some relaxation exercises
  • writing about or talking about feelings
  • trying to tackle problems
  • meditation
  • remember to eat meals/ try to retain a healthy lifestyle
  • try to get a decent amount sleep
talk about problems “A problem shared is a problem halved”
  • Don’t take on too many things as this will make you feel more pressured
  • start a stress journal, to keep track of feelings and how to tackle them.

Here are some links that can help with stress:

samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzone-mental-wellbeing-audio-guides/

nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/understanding-stress/

helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm

headspace.com/meditation/meditation-for-beginners