Taking a break
It’s a crazy world right now and we’re all doing our best to keep on track with our studies despite everything that’s going on. For some, this may be going extremely well since the only thing you really have to do is revise. For others, this may be a bit harder since there’s so much going on around you. But whatever situation you’re in, you need to take time for yourself and ignore the rest of the world for a bit.
So, here are some things you can do to relax and not feel so trapped.
- Experience some culture – there are loads of places online now that are opening up cultural activities for free. For a list of theatre shows that you can view at the moment, visit https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stage-shows-musicals-opera-free-stream-online_51198.html?fbclid=IwAR0HIzifBR9ZoZs8TTR6Xv5SxV8o5m_deFv1aOQKlLtemFWu3H0HKq3wN6k. There are lots of shows listed there but in particular I’d suggest keeping an eye on National Theatre and the Shows Must Go On YouTube channels which release a play and a musical respectively each week for free for varying amounts of time.
- Learn something new – online courses are a great resource to learn a new skill and this can give you a chance to give your brain a break from studying your chosen degree subject. Also, lots of courses are free and even more have been discounted due to the current climate. FutureLearn, Udemy and Open University are good places to start your search.
- Mindfulness – I’m sure you’ve heard this term before but it is a great way to take a break and reduce your stress. Whether you just practice some simple breathing techniques, begin doing some yoga or learn some more advanced mindfulness techniques, anything will help and should make you feel better.
- Have a cup of tea and talk to someone – just stopping to connect with someone else will do wonders for your focus and should make you feel better afterwards.
Those are 4 things you can do to take a break from studying when you need to. Just be careful not to let your break turn into procrastination. Breaks are important but they shouldn’t de-prioritise your studying.
And I want to finish with one other thing. Don’t feel that you have to achieve during this time. A lot of articles and posts going around at the moment are about how you can make the most of being in lockdown. But you might not have gained more free time, or you might be struggling to adjust to this situation. Don’t feel bad that you’re not developing a skill or trying something new. Just focus on getting yourself through this time whether that means being super productive or just getting dressed each day. Everything you do can be classed as an achievement if you think of it that way.