Helping you get through tough times

So you’ve finished school

The end of school is a pretty big milestone, and can be really exciting, but often it’s a bit scary too.

LRP abstractFor lots of us, the summer after our final year is great fun. But you’re also waiting for exam results, or maybe applying for jobs.

Everyone’s just trying to figure out what’s around the next corner and it’s normal to be a little anxious.

Exam results

Exam results can be important as they can determine the next step to be taken in life. Waiting all summer for results can be really stressful. Managing your stress is important.

If you get your results and they’re not what you’d hoped, don’t panic. There’s loads of other options available. Have a look at coping with exam results.

If you’re finding it hard to stop worrying, it might be helpful to talk to someone you trust. Friends, family members or even a counsellor could be an option.

Check out face-to-face help for information on talking to someone you don’t know.

Finding a space

Leaving school means there will be changes in your life. These changes often bring more responsibility and independence, whether it’s starting a job or going to college. Creating a space for yourself can be important.

It might be worth having a chat with whomever you live with. Whether it’s family or housemates, talking openly may help develop respect for your needs and theirs.

Your family might find it hard to understand why you need extra space which can cause conflict. Conflict with parents or guardians can offer advice about this.

If you’re moving out of home, the change can be exciting, but it has its own challenges. Check out leaving home for some information on this.

Keep in touch

Finishing school often means your group of friends starts to change. Maybe:

  • friends are moving away
  • you’re moving away
  • everyone’s going off in different directions, meaning you’re not able to see as much of each other.

All this may be difficult, but keeping in touch is easier than ever, so maybe try:

  • email, Facebook, or a good old-fashioned phone call
  • making a regular time when you can get together for a catch-up
  • writing letters or postcards – everyone loves getting post.

As your lives start to change you’re likely to start making new friends. Remember old friends can still be close even if you don’t see as much of them as you used to.

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This article was last reviewed on 28 March 2017

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