This article about how to stay sane and healthy while studying remotely was published by the Great British Mag content team on 16 April, 2020
Adjusting to social distancing and studying remotely is tough, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Here are some dos (and a few don’ts) to keep you focused and healthy.
DO create a routine for yourself and stick to it
Creating a routine will help you adjust to your new way of living. Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. Get dressed as you would normally. Continue eating your meals at the times you’re used to. Regularly tidy up your living space. If you have a hard time keeping to a schedule, try writing one out and putting it on the wall.
DO keep up with your studies
With the disruptions to your schedule, it might be difficult to focus on your coursework. However, thinking about something besides the pandemic can help ease your anxiety about it. Attend your virtual class sessions or listen to the lectures your professor uploads and take notes like usual Make studying social by using tools like Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
DON’T overwork yourself
Don’t spend one day a week doing all your coursework and do nothing the rest of the week. Pace yourself! Maybe listen to a course lecture one day and then do the course reading the next day. Work on one task every day so you’re productive but don’t overwhelm yourself.
DO have a designated area to study
Create a study zone where you are comfortable and can concentrate. Before each study session gather everything you will need. If possible, create your workstation near a window so you have good light and weather permitting can have a window open to let in fresh air.
If you are in a flat share discuss having a study area that is quiet and tidy that everyone can use.
DO take regular breaks from your screen
Studying remotely involves A LOT of screen time, which is hard on your eyesight and brain. You might be tempted to spend all your study breaks on social media or watching Netflix, but get away from the screen for an hour or two. Be creative – cook, do a puzzle, read a book, knit or ring someone on the telephone just to chat. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.
DO exercise regularly
Use some of your day to exercise whether that’s indoors, on your balcony or in a local park (if you are not self-isolating). Exercise is a great way to keep your energy levels and mood up. Begin your day with stretches or yoga.
While gyms are closed, there are plenty of cardio and strength workouts you can do at home and without equipment. Follow an exercise class online or use your furniture as props for some exercises.
DO ask questions
If there has ever been a time when we need to be okay asking for help, this is it. If you’re unsure about your coursework, your professor is just an email away. Ask your friends too. Remember that everyone is in the same boat and no one has to do it alone. No matter what your concern is, reach out to someone.