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Volunteer Contributor – Amanda Drakopoulos
Did you remember to hand that assignment in? Did you study for that quiz that you have tomorrow?
These are just some of the questions that circulate in the minds of university students on a daily basis, striving for perfection no matter what their circumstances may be. I myself have felt this, as online school has proven to be a major adjustment. However, in the countless deadlines that overwhelm us, we often get lost and forget to ask ourselves the most important question of all; how am I doing today?
As we are currently living in an unprecedented time, our mental and physical health should be our top priorities, as we must not lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Thus, I have compiled a list of various ways that we can strive for wellness while still working to maintain success in our studies:
- Take a daily walk
As much as you may want to sleep in, a morning walk can essentially change the trajectory of your entire day. Trust me, I know how much of a struggle it can be to even get out of bed at times, but hear me out; you get dressed, open your door and are hit with a calming breeze. The trees are changing colour and the scenery reminds you of how much you have to live for. You begin to walk and slowly gain more stamina as you get used to it. Your tired body suddenly gains new life and before you know it, you are ready to conquer the day! Many people underestimate how good a morning walk can be, but if you do this at least a few times a week, you will see improvements in both your physical and mental health, giving you more energy to complete your online work.
- Take a break to do something you love
After doing hours of online school, many of us are left feeling drained of energy and motivation, as it can become very repetitive after a while. However, we do not have to put ourselves through this tiresome cycle of work, as it is important to maintain balance in everything we do. More specifically, rather than working for hours on end, it is extremely beneficial to simply take a break to do something that satisfies us. Whether you feel like watching TV or reading a book, it is important to be mindful of our own happiness, as in the end, maintaining it will improve our work quality.
- Spend time with family and friends
Since we are living in a very weird period in time, it’s extremely important that we strengthen whatever connections that we have, as life can get lonely when most of our time is spent alone. Additionally, due to the effects of the pandemic, many of us have been deprived of our ability to socialize with large groups of people. However, all is not lost, as there are other ways to maintain our social lives. When you have the time, go talk to people within your own household or facetime your friends, as this will provide you with some form of normalcy amidst this time that is anything but normal.
- Eat healthy and exercise
Arguably the most important thing to remember is to make sure you get some form of physical activity each day. Although these days gyms are closed in some cities across Ontario, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop exercising. Find a room in your house that is large enough to move around in, grab your equipment and start exercising! Additionally, it is crucial that you maintain a healthy diet, as many of us are prone to reaching for junk food, as it takes little to no effort. While it is fine to have some junk, it is important that each meal consists of fruits and vegetables, as this will ensure that you are energized and ready to take on your day.
- Drink water
This one is pretty self explanatory, but make sure you take water breaks when necessary, as it is so important to stay hydrated.
Keeping in mind everything that was mentioned above, make sure that you always put yourself first, as this will ensure that you are able to tackle whatever life may throw at you. While this time is hard, just know that you are not alone. If you or a friend is dealing with mental or physical health issues, don’t hesitate to seek help from those around you.
Additionally, despite restrictions on campus, Brock Student Health Services is another great resource for health and wellness. It remains accessible on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they can be contacted at 905-688-5550 x3243.
The next time you are feeling overwhelmed by online school, take a break to do something for you and remember; we are all in this together!