SPECIAL REPORT: Transitioning Back
As lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted to varying degrees, we are entering a time of transition and adjustment. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted us all. For some it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things. Many young people may be excited at the prospect of restrictions being lifted, whilst others may be feeling mixed emotions. Reactions will differ depending on how well they cope with stress and change. Keeping a check on your child’s mental health and wellbeing as they adjust to new routines, will be vitally important. There is still a lot of uncertainty ahead of us, so focusing on the things you can control or enjoy doing, can help establish predictability and familiarity for the whole family. Adult carers need to provide young people with reassurance by acknowledging any concerns and fears they may have at this time. Consider this to be a normal reaction, however it may be best to focus more on their feelings and emotions, rather than the practicalities at this stage. In this Special Report, we share a few ideas about how to help ease this time of transition. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report https://stpatrickswalcha.catholic.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus-transition-back
Transitioning back to 'normal' school routines may evoke all sorts of emotions. Relief, excitement, apprehension and anxiety are just a few.
Re-instating previous schedules, getting out the door with everything that is needed is stressful enough for everyone after a long hiatus. Add to this the additional concerns of COVID constraints, it may feel hard to readjust - once again!
It is important to try to put things in perspective and manage what is possible for you. There are things outside of your control so it is best to focus on what you can control.
As you identify and work through strategies that are effective for you, don't forget to model, talk about and guide your child as well. It shows them that everyone experiences challenges, that there are people who can support them and there are things they can do that will help make a situation more manageable.
There are many excellent resources and services that can assist in this area. Remember we have access to many evidence-based articles and interviews through our schooltv Positive Parenting series where you will find articles that are reassuring and full of practical strategies to guide you through challenging times. Perhaps the most relevant topic listed is Resilience. Under this topic you will find a multitude of questions posed and sound information to help in all aspects of this area.
Please take the time access this site, it may make a difference.