Wellbeing & Support

The times we are living in now are unlike any we have ever experienced or are (hopefully) likely to ever experience again in our lifetimes. Feelings of worry and uncertainty can leave us unable to focus, unable to stay motivated and unable to plan for the future. This post hopes to give some helpful hints and tips on planning and preparing for the year ahead, as well as some ideas for staying positive in these strange and ever-changing times.

 

  • Set realistic goals

When faced with lockdown restrictions and a series of online lectures, readings and assignments, it is easy to feel demotivated, disinterested and tempted to spend that time binge-watching a series on Netflix instead. One way to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead is to break your study commitments into smaller, daily goals that are achievable and that will enable you to stay focused on and interested in what you are studying. Whether it is reading that chapter of the textbook for an upcoming seminar, or writing the introduction for that assignment due next week, completing these smaller tasks on a daily basis will help boost your sense of achievement, motivation and productivity – we could all do with a daily boost of positivity at the moment!

 

  • Get back into a routine

The thing that I have struggled with most in the days of Zoom seminars and online lectures is the lack of a daily routine. Now more than ever, I appreciate how much daily in-person lectures and study sessions in Starbucks brought a sense of regularity and pace to my days. One way to combat this feeling of irregularity is by drawing up a weekly schedule, where you set aside a specific time/day each week to watch specific lectures, study particular subjects/modules or attend seminars. Remember of course that it is equally important to set aside time each day for rest and recreation – you don’t want to burn yourself out!

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  • Develop yourself

The start of the new year is a perfect time to reflect on what you’ve learned in the past year, but also to consider what you would like to learn or develop in the months ahead. While some extra-curricular activities may currently be off-limits, there are still plenty of ways to develop your skills and credentials aside from essays and textbooks. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn some Japanese, maybe you want to take up Yoga, maybe you want to become a programming whiz and learn how to code. 2021 could be the year to pick up that one thing you’ve been putting off for so long. There are plenty of ways to start learning and exploring new things from the comfort of your own room, with websites such as Duolingo (for languages), Coursera, Udemy, EdX available to show you how to become a pro!

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  • Be kind to yourself

You are living through a global pandemic, history textbooks will write of this in decades to come! Naturally, some days are going to better than others, but remember to not be too hard on yourself! Take a break, go for a stroll if you feel stressed or overwhelmed, take some time to message that old friend you’d been meaning to see, or listen to your favourite songs on repeat! It is important to study and work hard, but it is also vital to look after your own mental and physical wellbeing too! Remember to look after Number 1!

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