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Hello thank you for your reply.

I have mental illness how can I keep calm I have recently lost a loved one through Covid and my mental state is a mess I don’t know how I can keep myself calm.

I am worried about losing my life I have in Switzerland ��
It seems to me that you've made the decision to fly on 25th May, and that sounds good, because it leaves you some lee-way in case anything goes wrong, so you can still get back to Switzerland within 6 months. And then you will still have your life here.


These are some suggestions of things you can do to help yourself to stay focused and to feel a bit calmer, during the time between now and when you fly. They're just that: suggestions, so free for you to take up or dismiss, as you can see your situation, and I'm just guessing, hoping some part feels right, for you.

  1. You are aiming to get a negative test in the proper window of time just before your flight, so do what is in your power to avoid becoming infected. Don't put yourself in risky situations (lots of people in closed rooms), etc.

  2. Write down your flight departure time and, working backwards from then, the time window in which you need to get your test. Write down the test time window clearly on a card, or in your phone, so you don't catch yourself re-calculating it, and so you don't miss it. When that time comes, don't let anything else distract you or deter you from getting your test. If your family situation is unstable at the moment, ask someone else - in advance - to help ensure that you get the test in the right window.

  3. Look up more than one test centre well in advance, and work out the routes there and back, etc. Be sure about the means of payment they require, and be sure that you will be able to pay by the method they require it of you.

  4. Each test centre's requirements may change between now and then. Some centres may want you to book for the test, others may not have that option. Two or three days before you need the test, read their websites, but also phone them, to double check what you will need to do.

  5. Pack early, so you don't add last-minute packing onto your stress load.

  6. Plan your journey to the airport with several hours to spare, so that you don't have to rush at any point.

  7. Manage your expectations together with your your friend who is now staying in your flat in Switzerland. Be sure you know what he is busy with, and that he hears from you what would help you when you arrive. For example, it could be for him to buy in some basic groceries, or some of your favourite foods, before you get there. Or perhaps, if you like flowers and have no allergies, you might ask him to get you a bunch of flowers (they don't have to be expensive, from the market or from Migros) before you arrive. Talk about whether you (or he) need(s) to be left alone or would be glad of his (or your) company.

  8. Since you haven't actually stayed in your Swiss flat, yourself, check with your friend about wifi connectivity. Also any adjustments you may need for your Swiss and/or your UK phones. I mention these because it would be one stress factor less if Everything Just Worked Smoothly as soon as you got home to your flat.

  9. Depending on the situation with your family (and friends) now, in the UK, perhaps you could think of three affirming, happy, small moments to share, to build some happy memories in amongst these sad weeks. For example: if you like the bathtub, have a bubble bath, bake a cake, ask you family if they can remember favourite recipes and write them down, if there's some item your father used often then clean it up and polish and restore it, put on music your mother likes and dance with her, sing some silly songs the family sang when you were a child, write down three things for which you are grateful, play cards or chess, paint your mother's nails, wash the curtains, sort out the tupperware, read aloud to each other, ask your mother or others there if there is any small task you could do for them or any small activity they would like to share, or ask them if there's something specific that would cheer your spirits.


Of course I don't know you, so can't know whether any of these ideas would be a good match in any way. If you see that they aren't applicable, or feel that they don't suit you or wouldn't help, please just click them away freely. I hope you can find your own ways to feel better. Feeling just a little better, a few times a day, is also worth something.

Good wishes!
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It seems to me that you've made the decision to fly on 25th May, and that sounds good, because it leaves you some lee-way in case anything goes wrong, so you can still get back to Switzerland within 6 months. And then you will still have your life here.


These are some suggestions of things you can do to help yourself to stay focused and to feel a bit calmer, during the time between now and when you fly. They're just that: suggestions, so free for you to take up or dismiss, as you can see your situation, and I'm just guessing, hoping some part feels right, for you.

  1. You are aiming to get a negative test in the proper window of time just before your flight, so do what is in your power to avoid becoming infected. Don't put yourself in risky situations (lots of people in closed rooms), etc.

  2. Write down your flight departure time and, working backwards from then, the time window in which you need to get your test. Write down the test time window clearly on a card, or in your phone, so you don't catch yourself re-calculating it, and so you don't miss it. When that time comes, don't let anything else distract you or deter you from getting your test. If your family situation is unstable at the moment, ask someone else - in advance - to help ensure that you get the test in the right window.

  3. Look up more than one test centre well in advance, and work out the routes there and back, etc. Be sure about the means of payment they require, and be sure that you will be able to pay by the method they require it of you.

  4. Each test centre's requirements may change between now and then. Some centres may want you to book for the test, others may not have that option. Two or three days before you need the test, read their websites, but also phone them, to double check what you will need to do.

  5. Pack early, so you don't add last-minute packing onto your stress load.

  6. Plan your journey to the airport with several hours to spare, so that you don't have to rush at any point.

  7. Manage your expectations together with your your friend who is now staying in your flat in Switzerland. Be sure you know what he is busy with, and that he hears from you what would help you when you arrive. For example, it could be for him to buy in some basic groceries, or some of your favourite foods, before you get there. Or perhaps, if you like flowers and have no allergies, you might ask him to get you a bunch of flowers (they don't have to be expensive, from the market or from Migros) before you arrive. Talk about whether you (or he) need(s) to be left alone or would be glad of his (or your) company.

  8. Since you haven't actually stayed in your Swiss flat, yourself, check with your friend about wifi connectivity. Also any adjustments you may need for your Swiss and/or your UK phones. I mention these because it would be one stress factor less if Everything Just Worked Smoothly as soon as you got home to your flat.

  9. Depending on the situation with your family (and friends) now, in the UK, perhaps you could think of three affirming, happy, small moments to share, to build some happy memories in amongst these sad weeks. For example: if you like the bathtub, have a bubble bath, bake a cake, ask you family if they can remember favourite recipes and write them down, if there's some item your father used often then clean it up and polish and restore it, put on music your mother likes and dance with her, sing some silly songs the family sang when you were a child, write down three things for which you are grateful, play cards or chess, paint your mother's nails, wash the curtains, sort out the tupperware, read aloud to each other, ask your mother or others there if there is any small task you could do for them or any small activity they would like to share, or ask them if there's something specific that would cheer your spirits.


Of course I don't know you, so can't know whether any of these ideas would be a good match in any way. If you see that they aren't applicable, or feel that they don't suit you or wouldn't help, please just click them away freely. I hope you can find your own ways to feel better. Feeling just a little better, a few times a day, is also worth something.

Good wishes!
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I'd say NO. I disregarded them because there's no way an Italian lab can get the test done in time.


Nowhere could I find they had a lab in UK.


Where are you in UK, Marie?


If you need a test for flying DO NOT trust any postal kit. Take one at the lab, or at a place where direct to lab pickups are regular.


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I'd say NO. I disregarded them because there's no way an Italian lab can get the test done in time.


Nowhere could I find they had a lab in UK.


Where are you in UK, Marie?


If you need a test for flying DO NOT trust any postal kit. Take one at the lab, or at a place where direct to lab pickups are regular.


Regards




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Hi Ian currently in Cambridgeshire.
I am really unhappy about paying all this money for testing itís a rip off! Iíve got to pay for a funeral on top of this silly Covid test I feel like Iím being scammed out of my own money 99 pounds for a test is outrageous!
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Hi Ian currently in Cambridgeshire.
I am really unhappy about paying all this money for testing itís a rip off! Iíve got to pay for a funeral on top of this silly Covid test I feel like Iím being scammed out of my own money 99 pounds for a test is outrageous!
Compared to the cost of a funeral, the test is peanuts...
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I can understand that 99 pounds can feel like a lot of money, for this, if you don't have a lot of it (or even if you do). You may be right that that's a rip off, or it could be (as it is for some medical tests and procedures) that the fee you're charged doesn't acutally even cover the real costs.

Fortunately, in this case, it is not compulsory and one doesn't have to spend the money. Whether or not you take the test is entirely your choice. You alone decide what to do, and you can elect not to have the test done, at all. If that's what you decide, however, you won't be allowed to fly. Which would be annoying, too.

Since you're hoping to get back to Switzerland in time, without letting your Swiss permit expire, it seems that the wisest thing would be to get the test, so you can fly as you planned to do. The 99 pounds sting, now, but I hope for you that over time that sting will diminish, when taken in proportion to the security of having a job in Switzerland.

Here's wishing you safe travels!
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After listening to Ianís advice I have decided to fly back on my scheduled flight on the 25th.
Here's wishing you safe travels tomorrow, and a good feeling about getting back into your own home in Switzerland.
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Here's wishing you safe travels tomorrow, and a good feeling about getting back into your own home in Switzerland.
Hi doro I arrived back I feel very strange very tearful

Thanks for the wishes .
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Oh, I'm sorry for the tears, and I understand that a part of you wanted to stay in the UK. But well done for getting back to Switzerland. I hope you can sleep soundly and slowly breathe freely.
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