Ever feel like you’re living the same day over and over again during the pandemic? Is your routine all over the place? Do you feel emotionally lost?
It’s okay. Every single person across the globe has a different coping mechanism and this is undoubtedly a very difficult period for all of us. However, it does not mean that it will remain this way forever! In this article, I will be sharing what you can do to stick to a “routine” during the pandemic and give advice as to how you can look after your emotional wellbeing.
- Stick to your pre-pandemic routine
We have almost been in this COVID-19 pandemic for a year and many things have indeed changed – including our daily routine. However, the best thing you can do is to stick to your “normal” timetable. If you would usually wake up at 7am to get to school by 8:30am then do the same now. It certainly is very tempting to stay in bed for longer and wake up only five minutes before your online lesson – we have all been there! But waking up early can indisputably increase your productivity; you can channel this extra time and energy into something you have always wanted to do, such as dedicating more time to learning a new language or reading more books. Just because we are in a pandemic does not mean that we have to slouch all time – you can use this as an opportunity to develop yourself and your skills too! You can view one of my previous articles here (https://thinkherambition.com/2020/11/02/mastering-a-new-language-tips-and-tricks/) for further tips on mastering a new language!
- Make time and space to exercise
I do not think I need to list the benefits of exercising… from physical to mental benefits, there is so much to mention. It is important to devote time (and space!) to exercising daily especially during these trying times. If you don’t have enough space at home, perhaps you could walk in your local park or area? Below are ideas of apps/resources that will encourage you to keep active:
The Body Project, Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjc9H89-RpWuIStDqhO7AQ
The Body Project is an excellent channel for all kinds of exercise, including all-standing and low-impact workouts which are perfect to do during lunch breaks at home. You can find a tonne of workouts on their channel, I would highly recommend!
One You Couch to 5K, app – This Couch to 5k app has been developed by Public Health England (PHE) and is available on Android as well as iOS. This app provides all the perfect tips and training for running novices. The programme claims to encourage people off the couch and into running in just nine weeks. The hardest step for running is the start, and this free app eases you into running with a flexible programme, so I would definitely give it a go!
Headspace, app – Breathing exercises are as important as strenuous workouts! Headspace is a guided meditation app with several breathing exercises helping you to remain calm, focus more and sleep better. The Headspace app is also available on Android and iOS and is free to download (the basic package) – however, additional exercises may incur further charges.
- Be informed, not overwhelmed.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forever evolving and changing and although it is important to keep ourselves informed of new restrictions, this shouldn’t mean that you should get into this downward spiral of negative news all the time. If following the news is, rightly so, making you feel a bit overwhelmed and hopeless, then I’d recommend the following Instagram page: @simplepolitics
The Simple Politics Instagram page generally shares daily UK updates about the pandemic as well as summaries of government announcements. As the name suggests, it does also post other political content that helps everyone keep themselves informed without getting overwhelmed.
The times we find ourselves in are quite challenging however, try to search for the small positive things that make you feel happier. Not all days are easy but fret not – better days are hopefully coming! If you are struggling in any sense – whether that is academic or pastoral needs – please do reach out to someone; you and your thoughts matter, especially during the pandemic.
And of course, remember to stay safe!
Written by Sinem
Sinem is an undergraduate reading Development Studies at SOAS, University of London and enjoys socialising and exploring different cultures through cooking. She mainly writes about personal development and student life, aiming to guide motivated young women.