Another lock down, multiple commitments of family, work and studying can get you into a state of monotony, pressure and stress. The feeling of not being able to break this monotony each day can be demotivating and pulling students away from their study focus too. You can break this monotony of each day in the lock down by doing simple things that can be refreshing and great to build back your motivation and interest back in the study.
1. Do one new thing each day. It could be a new book reading, taking up to support your child on a new project or online learning, or simply just decluttering some important spaces that may come handy to you later on.
2. Develop some hobbies- art, book reading, learning a new language, take a shot term course, photography and so on.
3. Engage with nature- just gardening, bird watching, creating spaces of reflection and peace outside and inside can help.
4. Talk to others through online devices and resources.
5. Use technology and social media to arrange virtual coffee hours, chat time with family and friends, virtual games or quiz night.
6. Seek help if you are feeling depressed, anxious or lonely. There are many confidential online resources within the Open University that offer excellent support 24/7. Check the link below https://help.open.ac.uk/togetherall-24-7-free-confidential-online-mental-health-support
7. Plan each day with a difference in pattern of work you do. Patch the work hours with some free, reflective and rest times.
8. Keep physical and mental health at the top no matter what you do.
Always remember that you are not alone in this pandemic. Seek,explore, reach out and cope well!