The following wellness tips for studying at home will hopefully help navigate your education during the pandemic. 2020 bought in a whole new way of life with a lockdown and social distancing measures seen across the world in the bid to help slow down the rate of infection from Coronavirus. This has urged the world to find a new way of living at home most of the time; whether you are working from home or are a student that needs to still study and finish coursework. As we move onto the online world for longer periods of time, our health and well being can be affected with the lack of movement during the day and even just in our mood whilst we face such a peculiar situation.
Despite all this some of us still have exams and work to do in order to succeed at school so here we have gathered a few wellness tips for studying at home to help you stay healthy and motivated during this crazy time.
Set your ambiance
When studying, it can be quite difficult to get into the right mind frame and stay focused for long periods of time. So, a good way to help with this is create the right ambiance for yourself to get in the mood to study. Try to find a fixed place for your computer/laptop and study equipment and treat that space like that’s a library or somewhere you would normally go to study. This can be in the corner of your living room or kitchen or even just a small table in a quiet space.
By doing this you are ensuring that when you go to this space you are there to study and not be distracted by different things. For example, if you wake up and decide to study in bed, that will not help you stay focused or separate work from relaxation in your mind; this can lead to you becoming distracted and not feeling as focused as if you had a designated area to study. You can also set the ambiance by maybe putting on some study music and creating a sort of ritual which can get you into the mood to study.
Write down your goals
A great way to stop feeling overwhelmed is by writing down your goals. Depending on what you have planned, I would suggest every week to write a set of goals that you would like to accomplish in the week. To help accomplish them, every day you can then write up a small task list of things that you would need to do in order to accomplish them. By ticking off even the smallest of tasks, you are creating a positive outlook.
Staying at home most of the time and not moving that much can have harmful affects to your health and well being. It has been shown through research that even by sitting at a desk for long periods of time can affect your posture, your eyesight and even rise your risk of getting certain serious illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease. A great way to ensure you get the amount of exercise you need everyday and to keep moving is to plan times for it. So for every 45 minutes you study you can then walk around the house, do some quick exercises on the spot for 15 minutes. This will ensure you are moving every hour. You can also do some short home workout exercises or even dance fitness classes which are easily accessible online.
As with finding some time for exercise, it’s important to schedule in your relaxation time also to ensure you don’t get burnt out too quickly or become demotivated to study. Procrastination is inevitable when studying in general, let alone studying at home so to eliminate too much of it you can schedule in your procrastination time for 10 mins every hour so that you can be more productive in the time you are working and then rest and recharge in the time you aren’t.
It can get a bit frustrating having to study in the same place for long periods of time. A great way to stay motivated and make it fun is by staying connected and have study sessions with you friends online. Zoom is a great way to get a study group together and go through your notes etc… Make sure not to isolate yourself and by speaking to others on a regular basis, it can help control the stress levels of having to study alone at home.
Eat healthy nutritious foods
To keep your mind focused and healthy, it is important to have a healthy balanced diet comprised of protein, good fats and high in fiber carbohydrates. If you are a snacker, then avoid snacking on salty or sugary foods such crisps or sweets; maybe opt for a piece of fruit if you want something sweet or sliced veg for a savoury snack. Make sure to also keep hydrated by ensuring you have water regularly throughout the day. Some people rely on coffee to give them the kick they need in the morning however, try not to have too much caffeine throughout the day.
Stick to a sleep schedule
By staying at home all the time, particularly in lockdown it can be hard to even distinguish what day it is after a long period of time. Make sure to not make any huge changes to your sleep schedule; yes, it might be great to sleep in on a weekday but soon the fun will wear off when you have an inconsistent sleep schedule. By sleeping inconsistently, you may become fatigued and irritable which won’t really help you want to be motivated to study. Some people are night owls, others work better early in the morning; so, whenever you want to set up your schedule make sure you have 7-9 hours of sleep at around the same times every day.
These wellness tips for studying at home are just a few that may help keep you focused and motivated when studying at home, the key is to just keep yourself healthy and relaxed to ensure you achieve your study goals.