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How to make the most out of lockdown

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
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Here we are again. Lockdown number 3. Almost a year since our first national lockdown in the UK. I don’t know about you, but nearly a month into lockdown and 4 weeks into the second term of university, and I am exhausted! This is the first lockdown where I have felt drained and physically exhausted trying to balance assignment deadlines, dissertation work and applying for masters for the next academic year. Over the past four weeks I have been making sure to look after myself more and making more time for me. 

One thing we have all learnt during this lockdown is that it is ok to not feel ok. Although we are in the same storm we are not necessarily in the same boat. Don’t feel ashamed to have a cry or to not feel ok. I am certain everyone has struggled during this lockdown at one point and if you feel like screaming into a pillow, go for it! Remember that even if your worry or problem does not seem as big as someone else’s, you are more than valid to have a down day and to feel sad; we are in a pandemic, look after yourself. Here are my tips on what my friends and I have done to make ourselves feel better during this time. 

When was the last time you reached out to a friend or family member to see how they are? This was something I definitely did not do enough of in the first lockdown but I have since made a conscious effort to check up on my friends through facetiming them weekly. Too often it is those closest to us that are battling something that we don’t know about. I have family members that are working on the frontline and in hospital intensive care units and I would regularly send cards or homemade brownies to keep them going but it is also so important to reach out to your friends too! 

I would recommend taking time for yourself and scheduling this into your timetable every day. Selfcare for everyone is very different, whether you like a hot bath or unwinding with a book, I would thoroughly recommend making sure you have this time scheduled into your day as this is something you can look forward to and make sure you don’t overwork yourself. It is all too easy in this unprecedented time to get wrapped up in what is going on and forgot to take time away from thinking about the current climate. 

Make sure to stretch. Doing online uni and sitting at my desk with my laptop for 7-8 hours a day means my back and neck are suffering. I have found that stretching before bed or after doing exercise really helps my posture as my neck has never been so sore before. Or possibly you prefer yoga, which I love to. Find something that you like and even if it is for 10 minutes a night, stretch your body, and trust me, the neck ache won’t feel so bad in the morning. 

My final tip is to reach out for help if you need it. This could be Warwick wellbeing services, your personal tutor or a friend. If you feel like you are struggling, don’t feel scared to speak up and ask for help. This is an unprecedented time and one like no other so don’t be too hard on yourself and just by simply talking to someone you might feel a whole lot better. 

Make sure to take time for yourself throughout lockdown, especially with assignment deadlines and the heavy uni workload in full swing. If you don’t feel up to something one day, that is ok, take the day to rest and always put yourself first! Stay safe and take care of yourself! 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
Feel free to ask my anything from student life to…
Find out more about me Contact Annick

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