The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 27th April, 2020 – Ease Leaving Cert Angst

Have you ever had the ‘Leaving Cert Nightmare’? It’s a common dream many people have when their unconscious revisits the stress of their final school exams. I have it on average once a year and it usually consists of me being a fully-fledged adult with all the responsibilities I have now whilst trying to study for the exams at the same time! I have a publisher’s deadline to finish my second book and it evokes similar feelings; no matter what I am doing, I feel I should be writing. Leaving cert students probably feel they should be studying.

But that is just it, isn’t it? Having a deadline makes it endurable, dare I say it, maybe even enjoyable. A goal to be reached, light at the end of the tunnel when the pressure will lift.

At last, the leaving cert students of 2020 have been informed that the exams will commence on 29th July bringing some certainty to an already uncertain situation – Covid19 has compounded an already stressful milestone into a situation none of us could have dreamt of. 

Being in a state of lockdown is, I believe, hardest for the young and old. They are both vulnerable in different ways and so it is our job as a society collectively to help them as much as we can. 

If you are a student doing exams this year or if your child niece or nephew is then please read below and share the top five concerns and how to ease the angst they cause.

Top 5 Concerns

1. Being worried about your future as you have worked so hard and been focused on these exams for a long time.

Uncertainty is part of life so building resilience and learning that things often don’t go according to plan is a hard lesson to learn but one that will help you in all areas of your life.

You can look back on this time and know that you lived through a historical event. You will also have some amazing stories to share with future generations. 

2. The loss of your normal routine, social life, independence, sports and hobbies.

Without all the usual ways of relieving stress it can be very hard to cope. This is why creating a routine for yourself, Monday – Friday is essential. Make sure to care for your body, mind and soul in the routine, so take adequate time to exercise, sleep, socialise online, as well as study.  

3. Loss of motivation 

Being stuck at home without your peer and teacher support is challenging and can create feelings of paralysis and hopelessness. In addition, the pressure to be self-disciplined can be hard and can create more stress. This is why getting into a routine is so important. 

What can really make a difference is talking to someone about how you feel; a trusted adult, parent, grand-parent, aunt or uncle, or anyone who you feel will listen to you without judgment.  Expressing how you feel helps release the build-up of tension and helps you to get your mojo back! 

4. Family Issues

Perhaps you have concerns over your parents or grandparents getting the virus and dying. This is really hard and something we all feel. If they are healthy and well, focus on that.  If someone you love has been ill or has died recently, please talk to your school and explain what is happening.

Perhaps your family is struggling financially, especially if your parents have lost their jobs and now you are worried about the impact this will have on your future, for example, going to college.  Again, remain hopeful that once restrictions are slowly lifted, the economy will begin to recover.

Perhaps your parents are front-line workers and you are left to look after younger children at home so that there’s not much time to study. Again, you will need to speak to your school to outline what is happening. With the delay in the start date for the exams, there is a little bit more time to study. As much as you can, use this time and turn it into a positive. 

5. Feeling you are being robbed of the closing weeks of your schooling – no grad night, no goodbyes, no debs.

It’s all a very anticlimactic and strange time for you. This will pass and you will eventually get closure on your school years, later than normal but that will make it more memorable. When you are reunited with your friends it will feel even more special, you will come together stronger than ever before. 

I am delighted by the large influx of new subscribers to my limited FREE offer for the online programme, The Positive Habit and am truly grateful to those of you who have donated; it truly does help you to value the course. If you register for it please be sure to follow it as it will really help you. I  continue re-listening to the hypnotherapy audios from the programme every single day and they really are helping to keep me calm and present. Please do spread the word far and wide to friends and family. 

Sending love and much light,


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My consultations diary is filling up again but I still have some availability in a few weeks time. If you would like to book a one-to-one session. You can do so HERE. I use Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp Video, you name it! 

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The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 16th March, 2020 – Smile to Stop COVID-19 Anxiety Spreading

Smile to Stop COVID-19 Anxiety Spreading. I hope you and your family, friends and colleagues are doing well in these turbulent times.

I decided the best way to reach you this morning was through a video I made and which you can see below. Please do watch it and share with family and friends.

Also below, some wise words below from Brother Richard, of the Capuchin Franciscans.


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes, there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes, there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,


How to Stop the Spread of Coranavirus Anxiety!

Positive ways to keep your mind calm and your body healthy during these uncertain times. 🙏

The “This is Me” event on March 26th will now be online with the live event date postponed until further notice due to the current public health situation.

Thank you so much for purchasing your ticket to ‘This is Me’. We have, like many other socially responsible teams, decided to postpone our event due to the situation with COVID-19 until further notice.

However, all is not lost. In these challenging times anxiety can easily arise and we want to help support you more than ever!

The good news is we are still coming to you on March 26th as planned! You are invited to an online question and answer session where you can put your personal questions to the expert ‘This Is Me’ panel with the lovely Taragh Loughrey Grant hosting.

We will send a Zoom link with instructions on how to participate.

A full refund will be offered to anyone who is unable to attend the live event once the date is announced.

The online question and answer session is our gift to you. 

If you have not bought a ticket and would like to attend the online event, watch this space. 

A Note for My Current Clients:

I am still seeing clients on a one-to one-basis. My office has a handful of people working there and measures are being taken to ensure nobody at risk is allowed to enter the building. All surfaces are sanitised daily.  If you are at risk or prefer for any reason to have your session online via skype or video call, then this can be arranged.

Look after yourself,

Be sure to follow me on social media, as I share top positive tips and insights during the week. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

‘The Positive Habit’ book
is now available as an audio book on both Audible & Borrow Box!

I regularly deliver workshops and seminars.  If your company is interested in a Positive Habit wellness event please get in touch.  You can find out more of the amazing companies I have worked with HERE

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