When studying from home, it is important to plan for certain events in order to maintain your mental-well being. Re-create your routine every morning, create and maintain a workspace at home, plan regular breaks, and socialize in a positive way on the internet. By creating a sense of normalcy, you will have the metal stability to focus and succeed with your studies.
When working and studying from home, you need to intentionally adjust your schedule and workspace in order to help yourself focus on the task at hand.
Recreate your Rhythm: Make time to recreate your rhythm in order to get into the ‘school’ mindset each day.
It is important to disconnect from your work at the end of the day so that you can enjoy your leisure time.
Your Workspace: What do you need in your workspace in order to get your school work done efficiently?
Sometimes when you study from home you may be tempted to stay in your pajamas all day; however, you will be more emotionally prepared to face the day if you add some self-care to your morning routine. You want to feel good when you look in the mirror.
Taking a Lunch Hour: When you were on campus you would have taken a lunch hour between classes; now that you are studying from home, you should do the same.
After a one hour break, you will feel rested and rejuvenated, ready to meet your scheduled afternoon tasks.
Taking Regular Breaks: When working from home, time can sometimes get away from you. Make sure to schedule regular breaks into your routine.
What should you do during your breaks?
After taking a refreshing break, you will be more focused when you return to studying.
For more information about taking breaks, watch this LinkedIn Learning video: Plan meaningful breaks.
Mental well-being: During this time of uncertainty, you may feel many different emotions during the day: happiness, sadness, frustration, or hopelessness. Monitor how you are feeling and try some activities to help balance out your mood.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.
During social distancing we need to intentionally make time for leisure activities and to spend time with friends.
Socializing: Plan time in your schedule to regularly “see” your friends so you can feel connected.
Hobbies: Now is a great time to develop a hobby and learn something new, so you’ll have something to look forward to everyday. You can:
News and Social Media Sites: Sometimes it can be overwhelming to spend a lot of time on news and social media sites. Hearing about negative information can affect your mood.
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