WITH the COVID-19 crisis putting extra pressure on students in Years 11 and 12, an Echuca therapist is encouraging them to stay connected and share the load.
Echuca family therapist and generalist counsellor Paul Medew advised students to lean on technology as a conduit to both their educational supports and their social lives.
“It’s tempting to go into an isolated study cave, but during intense study remember to take breaks, check in with friends and share your frustrations and just shoot the breeze,” he said.
“Exercise within the restricted allocations is an absolute must in keeping the brain balanced while studying.”
The Full Circle Counselling founder suggested turning the imposed restrictions into an advantage.
“Remember that we have the internet and smartphones at our disposal,” he said.
“Can you imagine how Year 12 in the age of COVID would’ve been without technology? Practically impossible.
“Try and re-frame the restrictions as an opportunity to dip your toes into the unsupported world of tertiary life. My guess is that Year 12 students who endured COVID will be far better prepared for life than those who didn’t have it.
“Look at it in a positive way, and don’t forget to exercise to relieve the stress of isolation.”
Mr Medew encouraged those who find it difficult to reach out, to challenge themselves.
“There’s no such thing as a dumb question,” he said.
“Use your resources and stay in contact by email and phone with your fellow students and the teachers who want to see you get through to graduation. This is a vital year for your future, so don’t be afraid to reach out.
“It’s important for your mental and social health to stay connected and share the load.”
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