We’ve provided nine tips to hopefully ease the difficulties of this second lockdown.
- Plan your week
It's easy to get into the habit of doing nothing with all the time we have on our hands during lockdown. However, even though it doesn’t feel like it as we are studying from home, we are still university students, with a lot of work to do. This means that time slips away, and we end up trying to meet deadlines at the very last minute. As we must now know from experience, this brings a lot of stress upon us and makes us feel like we don’t have time for anything else. So, it is important to have some sort of schedule to help us maintain a balance between work and life.
- Have a clean and organised space
I know, I know... I don’t want to clean either! But having a clean and organised space will reduce your distractions and stress, allowing you to be more productive and motivated.
For most of us, our commute to campus or work was our way of keeping active. However, now that most of us are studying from home, it is important to find another way to keep active. Exercise has continuously been proven to make us feel happier and more relaxed, leading to an increase in productivity and motivation. It can also boost our self-esteem and confidence. Who doesn’t want some of that, right?
So, build your own at-home workout routine! It doesn’t need to be extensive. Since you are making it, you can build it to be suited for your own specific goals and you can make it fun!
To get you started, try this Chloe Ting 10-minute full body workout: https://youtu.be/Xhx1emCIrAo.
- Meditation and mindfulness
Meditating and practicing mindfulness is especially important during this lockdown to help you manage the stress and anxiety that it brings! Again, meditation and mindfulness activities do not need to be extensive. Pick a few that you can do when you wake up or right before bed. For example, breathing exercises or colouring. There are many relaxing and fun activities that you can do, use the internet to your advantage!
- Ration your news updates
Though it is important to stay updated on the things going on in the outside world, all the negative happenings can be overwhelming so make sure you are rationing your news updates. Decide at what times of day you are going to check the news and try to stick to it. This will help you not have negativity on your mind every second of the day.
- Make time for your hobbies
Once you achieve the perfect work-life balance for you, you will have time to get bored. Cure this boredom by enjoying some of your quarantine-friendly hobbies or you could always try something new! I’m sure there are plenty of things you’ve always wanted to try out but never had the time to do, so... THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO DO THEM!
- Stay connected with family and friends
It's easy to feel lonely and distanced during lockdown, but I can assure you that you’re not the only one feeling this way. Check in on your family and friends and share your experiences with each other. This is a good reminder that you are not alone and that there is support available to you.
Also, just because you’re not allowed to meet with your family and friends, doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun together – that's the beauty of modern day technology! Hop on a video call with all your friends or family and do mediocre daily tasks together such as having meals or doing chores!
- Plan for life after lockdown
Despite the difficulties of lockdown, one positive is that it can help us appreciate activities that we may have taken for granted before this year. So, during lockdown, make a list of all the things you would like to do and all the places you would like to visit once we can go out! This gives you something to look forward to.
- Don't be so hard on yourself
Lockdown can get very overwhelming and when it does, allow yourself to rest. It’s okay to not be productive 24/7. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, as this will not help you or your work. Try to schedule in at least one rest day a week to help you stay motivated. During this lockdown is the perfect time to do this as we have so much spare time!
I hope these tips help you feel more optimistic about this second lockdown. If you find yourself needing more help, these are some services available to you: