Since the first lockdown announcement last March the way we learn, work and socialise has changed. Whilst some students have adapted well to these changes many have struggled. We are desperate to make learning from home as easy and enjoyable as face- to- face lessons was, as such we have compiled a list of things that can help you sustain a healthy mind.
Form a Work Schedule
This can be one of the most difficult yet most beneficial things to do. Without an authority figure there to help structure you days it can be easy to fall into a rut. A complete lack of structure can make it hard for you to start your work effectively, resulting in a lack of productivity and a total sense of frustration.
Forming a routine is considered to be one the best ways to sustain a healthy mind. Give yourself time for breaks, study and catching up with friends and lecturers to help maintain a purpose for each day.
Ensure you are not looking at your screen for eight hours a day and instead take time to go outside to clear your head and refocus for your next activity.
Create an Exercise Routine
Whilst studying can be mentally draining, your physical activity shouldn’t suffer.
There’s no doubt that exercise helps improve our mood and whilst sometimes we may not want to, exercise is essential to healthy mental and physical wellbeing.
Its proven that exercising daily can help directly improve memory and cognitive function whilst indirectly helping to reduce, stress and anxiety and improve sleep.
Communicate with your Classmates and Lecturers
Studying at home doesn’t mean you’re alone. Whilst working from home can reduce some distractions caused by your fellow classmates, a complete lack of connection with them can lead to further problems.
If you are struggling with anything talk to someone you feel confident and comfortable speaking to. Our student support team are on hand whenever you need them as are your lecturers, if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to them speak to one of your classmates or someone in your family. Often there are more people than we think there to support and listen to us.
By speaking to the people that support and respect you will feel much more comfortable and reassured in the knowledge there is always someone to speak to.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
Create a space in your home where you can work peacefully and productively. Finding a place away from distractions is essential for productivity and a healthy mind.
By creating a space for your studies it will help you to separate your work and home life – making it easier for you to log on in the morning and shut down at night.
Plan Something to Look Forward to in the Evenings
Working from home can often make you feel like you have all day to complete the work at hand which often leads you to procrastinate.
By planning something beforehand each day for you to look forward to in the evening your more likely to study the hours required in order to enjoy your evening activity in peace.
You could watch a film, plan a nice meal, catch up with friends via zoom- either way your likely to have a much more productive and a less stressful day.
Are you struggling with your mental health during this lockdown? Please talk to one of our Student Support team on: 07308515352