This is a long read, but we feel like it’s an important one so I hope you stick with me here!
With it fast approaching a year since our first lockdown here in the UK we have been reflecting on what a tough time this has been for many of us both physically and mentally. Whilst it may seem hard to stay positive it’s important for us all to look after ourselves during these difficult times!
As we are spending a lot more time than we have ever been used to before in our homes, our normal activities will more than likely be unavailable to us and this can lead us feeling down and unmotivated very quickly. Here are some of our top tips that we have found useful during this time, we hope you like them too.
Our top tips to improve your mental wellbeing (in lockdown and always) are:
- Being in the same environment day in and day out is draining. Switch up your space if you feel like you need to, and keep spaces as tidy and de-cluttered as possible as a cluttered space can cause a cluttered mind!
- Routine, routine, routine. It’s scientifically proven that this is helpful for both adults and children alike. Try to create a routine that’s realistic and not too demanding and also try to include some things you enjoy like prioritising getting outside.
- Meditation and mindfulness are great tools to reduce stress and anxiety, which is particularly important at these uncertain times. There are some great apps available to help you out with this too!
- Journaling or simply getting your thoughts out on paper good or bad can help your mind feel a little lighter. When you can see it all on paper you can then take a look and create a plan from there by taking away the things you can’t control and making a step by step process on the things that you can.
- Create work-life boundaries and stick to them. Whether you’re revising for an exam or trying to juggle homeschooling with work (or anything in between) remember that boundaries are healthy.
- Stay informed but be mindful of how much news you consume and the impact this may have on your mental health.
There are lots of resources out there to help too, here are links to some websites we have found particularly helpful.
- Our Services | Together: A leading UK mental health charity
- Self Help Website
- Homeschooling during lockdown | Disability charity Scope UK
More specific to us here at Tutorful and within this community is that teaching and learning remotely has also been another hurdle and stress for many people to overcome this last year and we know first hand that this has not come without its challenges!
Our top tips for stress- free online learning are:
- Get used to the new technology and try to increase your knowledge bit by bit! We have some great FAQ’s to help troubleshoot our own online classroom and some of these tips are transferable to other environments such as our FAQ on how to improve your internet connection.
- Adapt your materials so that they are online friendly.
- Set new learning goals. This applies to if you are a student or a tutor yourself, goals may look different right now and that’s ok!
- Get in the right mindset! Your mind is a powerful tool, look after it and it will look after you. Your mental health is so important!
- Boost your skills. If you need extra help right now, or simply want to learn something new then here at Tutorful we would be happy to help connect you to a really great tutor! Feel free to speak to our team for help with finding tutors at all price points and availability.
So, over to you, I would love to start a conversation in the comments and interact with everyone about this! Did you find any of these tips useful? Do any of you have any tips of your own? We would love to hear from you if you do.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.