Many joys emanate from being a student of higher education. Some of these include the laughter sound, bustling campus life, and impromptu lunch dates with friends at the canteen. Then on the weekend, there are the study groups, the different sports and recreational clubs and activities on campus and sports matches. But so much has changed and would still keep changing as we traverse our way through the COVID-19. At the beginning of and then during the next semester, yet more changes will present themselves. Caring for yourself is one of the many things you can do to make sure you are well prepared. During such uncertain times we have put together some tips to help the students:
Try not to get used to sleeping late, wearing your pyjamas the whole day and munching more than ever. Caring for yourself is vital to your mental wellbeing. Even if you’re indoors at the moment, make an effort to look your best, get the proper amount of sleep and establish a healthy, balanced diet. Wear comfortable but bright coloured clothes. It will enhance your mood. Establish a sleeping routine where you do not stay up late regularly. Eat immune-boosting healthy foods which are abundant in vitamins and minerals. Prefer fresh veggies and salads over junk foods at most times.
Exercising when you are not able to get to the gym can be a challenge. Yet exercising is the key to keep your body and attitude healthy. Research shows that physical activity plays a significant role in lowering stress levels, increasing energy and boosting your mood. Try simple indoor exercises like jumping rope or jumping jacks. Many fitness studios have now started providing premium online workout services from their best trainers. Now you also learn online from your favourite trainer, which you otherwise couldn’t. And the best part of it all is that these subscriptions are cheaper than gym memberships. A lot of content is also available for free in the form of online communities and health-apps. Join one of the many digital communities or download an App of your preference for a workout!
Your routine may be disturbed right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t establish a new way of accommodating the changes that are happening in your life. It might be difficult for a few days, but you’ll get the hang of it gradually. Research says that to inculcate a habit into your daily schedule, stick to it for 21 days. Design a new timetable focused on helping you organize your studies and your life. Your plan must include time devoted to work out, study, work on a passion project and time with your family. Having a routine will assist you to strike the right balance in the comfort of your home in all aspects of your life.
You know one thing you’ve ever truly wanted to do but never got about to do it? Well, it’s time now. Consider taking on a passion project that can make you relaxing and rewarding during the lockdown. It necessarily doesn’t have to be related to your career or even be age-appropriate. It could be something as simple as painting the wall of your room or even learn painting from scratch. Not only painting, but it can be anything under the sky. Be it music, singing, drawing, writing, public speaking, film-making or learning the basics of MS Excel!
Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to get disconnected from society. Physical distancing is a more appropriate word. It is normal to feel lonely during self-isolation. After all, technology makes connecting with others easy. Hold on to your friends and family. Keep the connection open. Make it a ritual to spend at least thirty minutes with your loved ones via video calls or phone calls. This is also an excellent opportunity to reconnect with your old-time buddies with whom you have lost touch. You can even have online family gatherings and friend reunions via video-conferencing apps!
Take a break in your day for a few minutes of quiet meditation. Meditation enables you to silence everything around you that is happening, and create an environment in which you can reunite with yourself. Meditation helps your mind to calm down, become more focused and attentive. You can practice mindfulness even during meals by avoiding distractions like television and pay attention to what you are eating. A lot of help is available online on the web and via apps to assist you in becoming more mindful and meditative.
Watching the news and frequently reviewing the COVID-19 pandemic updates makes it easy to become overwhelmed with panic. While being informed is essential, you should not be obsessed with the news. Keep a time-limit for updating yourself about the latest happenings. If you feel like you’re exposed to too much negativity, block, unfollow and unfriend -do whatever you need to do to cope. Be vigilant of all kinds of negativity and keep them at bay—Harbour positive thoughts. Look out for inspiring stories about dedication, charity, sacrifice and care. Speaking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel distressed. Recognize someone you trust and open up with them.
The nucleus of your overall health is your mental wellbeing, and it should be a priority. If things become too much for you, and you feel you can’t cope with it, ask for assistance. Your family and friends could very well offer valuable service or a listening ear. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up with them, then do not hesitate in getting help from a therapist. Join an online therapy community where you can plenty of support from all the right people in the world.
Sustaining a healthy body and mind is the best way of helping you get over this uncertain period and help you prepare yourself for what the future holds. Please try one or more of these recommendations to reach closer to your actual full potential. Many joys emanate from being a student of higher education. Some of these include the laughter sound, bustling campus life, and impromptu lunch dates with friends at the canteen. Then on the weekend, there are the study groups, the different sports and recreational clubs and activities on campus and sports matches. But so much has changed and would still keep changing as we traverse our way through the COVID-19. At the beginning of and then during the next semester, yet more changes will present themselves. Caring for yourself is one of the many things you can do to make sure you are well prepared. During such uncertain times we have put together some tips to help the students: