How to cope during the lockdown

Social distancing

We all know Covid-19 is disrupting our lives right now; the country is in what feels like a never ending lockdown. Here’s Student Jungle’s guide to help you cope with life under lockdown.

Keep a daily routine and set daily goals

Keeping a routine will help you stay focussed. Try to maintain your wake up time, this will ensure you don’t fall into the trap of spending all day in bed.

Setting daily goals will help you stay on top of your tasks and keep you motivated.

Exercise regularly

Fortunately in the UK we haven’t taken the lockdown to the same extreme as some other countries; we are still allowed to exercise outdoors once a day. Building exercise into your routine will help you stay fit and active and equally importantly it will help you with your mental wellbeing.

If you have never got into running why not try the NHS couch to 5K. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/

Make a to do list

Studying from home can be tedious, make a list to keep track of your daily tasks, this will ensure the work gets completed.

Be proud of your achievements

Remind yourself of all the good things you have done each day. This will encourage to achieve more tomorrow.

Maintain and grow your relationships with friends and family

Remember we are all in this together. Everybody in your household is also going through the same stress and anxiety that you are. Talk to them about how you are feeling and try to understand how they are also feeling.

Use video calls to stay in touch with your friends and family outside your household. You may find you get closer to people you didn’t have much time for in the past.

Focus on the present

It’s very easy to worry about how Covid-19 will affect your future; however focussing on the here and now will reduce your stress. Don’t waste energy worrying about outcomes you can’t control at the moment.

Stay positive

Covid-19 is a worrying new disease; however young, healthy and active people are best able to recover should they become ill. Remember life will return to normal at some point and when it does you may miss the amount of spare time you have right now. 2020 will never be forgotten by those of us who have lived though it!