Dear Katie: I’m really stressed out and worried about family and school because of coronavirus

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Dear Katie,

I’m in 6th Year in school and now because of COVID-19, I don’t know what will happen with my exams. I’m also really worried about my elderly grandparents, I hate not being able to see them. I’m going insane sitting at home waiting for the next update.

Jane, 18.

Dear Jane,

I know this is a hard time for everyone, and especially those doing important exams as everything is up in the air at the minute, but the best advice I can give you is to sit tight. The Exam Board are working tirelessly alongside teachers to make sure your exams go ahead as planned and that you’re as prepared as can be. Covid-19 will undoubtedly be taken into account. The best thing you can do regarding exams is keep revising what you already know. If some of your courses aren’t completely finished yet, I’m sure your teachers will be in contact to help you through this harrowing time.

I completely understand that you’re worried about your grandparents. I’m worried about mine as well and I hate not seeing them because I’m used to seeing them nearly every day. The best way to protect your grandparents and loved ones at this time is to keep your distance. I know it’s hard to do and it seems so harsh but everyone is in the same boat right now and unless people follow the guidelines set out by An Taoiseach, Covid-19 will unfortunately continue for much longer and become much worse. 

It’s also important to try not to become too consumed by the news updates. It’s best to keep on eye on the hse.ie for up-to-date advice and guidance instead of constantly reading and obsessing about sensational stories on social media.

If you feel like you’re losing your mind being stuck inside, check out my other article about ways to keep your mind off Covid-19 while keeping your distance. There are so many ways you can occupy yourself and get out of your own head. Having other hobbies and activities to focus your mind on when you’re not studying will help you through this. It is especially important to look after your mental health during this isolation period. And remember, we will get through this so try to remain positive.

Love,

Katie x

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