It is a well-established fact that learning is subjective. Some students can study for hours at a stretch and retain everything, while others struggle to focus after five minutes. Some enjoy working late while others are early risers. And, of course, some people can focus with complete silence while others need music or white noise in the background. The key to success is figuring out a system that works for you and then sticking to it.
However, things drastically changed with the pandemic. Suddenly, people who used to go to an office or a classroom every day find themselves working and studying from home. And for some, this transition was difficult. So when the new normal was settling in, Covid- 19 took a back-foot, or maybe, we all learned to live with it!
In the current times, you can practically take up any degree online as long as you are willing. Whether you are a business student and want to opt for an MBA, or you wish to pursue a master of health administration online program, you can do it all from the comfort of your home.
While universities around the globe are inviting students back to campus, many are still wary of the virus and the potential risks. So, for those of us who are still studying from home, here are a few tips to help you stay healthy:
Follow a routine.
Many people believe that since they’re at home, they can study in their pajamas and don’t need to follow a routine. It could not be further from the truth! It’s even more important to stick to a routine when studying from home. Waking up late and studying through the night is a recipe for disaster. It’s essential to get a peaceful and unwinding night’s sleep and wake up early to make the most of the day.
Also, take some time out for yourself; have a coffee or tea, follow a skincare routine, meditate, work out, or do something that makes you feel good. A healthy body means a healthy mind!
If you live with your mom or grandma, you constantly think, “I wonder what’s for lunch today?” or “What are we having for dinner tonight?” But when you’re living on your own, it’s easy to get caught up in work and forget to eat. Or, even worse, you end up eating unhealthy junk food because it’s easy and quick. But trust us, your body will love you if you take the time to eat healthy meals.
It’s critical to fuel your body with the proper nutrients so you can focus and concentrate. In addition, eating a balanced diet will improve your physical health and mental well-being. So, take the time to cook yourself a healthy meal or order from a healthy restaurant if you’re short on time. And, if cooking is not your forte, there are plenty of meal delivery services that can do the job for you!
Raise your hand, and be honest, if you are among the couch potatoes who lay in bed, upside down, while trying to focus on what that textbook is trying to say! We’re not saying you need to work out for hours or join a gym. But, it is vital to get your blood flowing and your muscles moving. Taking regular breaks from studying to do some simple stretches or yoga poses can help improve your focus and concentration.
And, if you’re looking for a more intense workout, there are plenty of online fitness classes that you can join. Or, you can always go for a run or a walk around your neighborhood. Just remember to put on some sunscreen! For increased motivation, call your friend, so you have a partner or bribe yourself with a post-workout snack. Oh, and that mask, please, if you’re going to the gym!
Get enough sleep
Remember those early childhood days when exams would freak you out, and you would pull all-nighters to study? Well, those days are long gone! As an adult, you need to get eight hours of sleep.
We know it’s easier said than done, but a good night’s sleep is crucial for your mental and physical health. So, do your best to create a relaxing environment for yourself before you go to bed. For example, put away all electronics at least 30 minutes before sleep, take a relaxing bath, and read a book.
And, if you find it difficult to fall asleep, try some deep breathing exercises or listen to calming music. Aromatherapy and certain essential oils like lavender can also help you relax and fall asleep.
Studying at home can become too dull and draining if you’re doing it alone. You miss your in-class jokes and water cooler conversations with your friends. So, it’s essential to stay connected with your classmates and friends, even if you’re not in the same physical space.
Organize group study sessions via Zoom or Google Hangouts, or have a casual conversation with your friends over the phone. You may also participate in online communities and forums dedicated to your academic discipline. It is an excellent way to network, learn from others, and make friends who share your interests.
Take a break
Day in and day out, it can feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of studying and working. And, if you’re not mindful, it can lead to burnout. Of course, a chocolate bar alone can’t fix all your problems, but it can be a nice pick-me-up. So, we recommend keeping some healthy snacks on hand to satisfy your cravings.
And, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that this too shall pass. Make a list of things you’re grateful for, take some time to meditate, or take a break to watch your favorite show. And if you want to do something productive even when taking a break, how about an adult coloring book? Just don’t forget to get back to studying!
Don’t aimlessly scroll
It’s one thing picking up your phone to check the time and another thing entirely to start aimlessly scrolling through social media. We get it, you’re bored, and you want a break from studying. But, trust us, it’s a huge time waster!
Instead of aimlessly scrolling, why not use your break to do something productive? For instance, you can take a walk, call a friend, or listen to music. Just make sure you’re not spending hours on your phone, or you’ll never get any studying done! More importantly, studies have proved that social media can make you feel isolated and lonely. So, be mindful of how much time you’re spending on your phone.
When you work or study from home, you have more time to accomplish tasks. In addition, you may organize your time to include some fun and healthy activities alongside studying if you play intelligently. Like learning a new language, starting a new hobby, or even taking up cooking! So, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.