studying from home: how to cope with covid-19

If you're like the rest of the nation, the coronavirus really threw a wrench in your last few months of the semester. For some, this means canceled graduations, moving out of student housing, and an abrupt end to some kind of educational experience.

For others of us, it means transitioning everything - classes, meetings, jobs, studying - to a completely online format. I'm so thankful that we have the option of moving everything online, and that social distancing doesn't have to bring our entire lives to a screeching halt.

However, as we have probably already discovered, moving everything online comes with its own set of challenges. You're dealing with way more distractions than you did in a classroom; your pets want attention; your spouse and kids have no problem asking you something while you're supposed to be zooming in on a lecture.

Here's some tips to prepare you for conquering your day at home:

  • Establish or maintain a morning routine. It is key to have some semblance of normalcy - that could mean waking up at the same time you normally would to eat breakfast, walk your dog, shower, and commute to school. Life has already gotten super wonky; don't make it worse by throwing your internal clock for a loop. Prepare for your day as you normally would.

  • Exercise. Now more than ever, you have zero excuses for not exercising. Replace your commute time with a morning run. Get your blood pumping. Exercise produces endorphins, and you're probably in short supply of those since you can't hang out with your friends in person or go dancing during the social distancing period. Give yourself a boost. If you need resources for how to work out from home, I have links to tons of free workout videos ranging from a ballet barre style to kick boxing to weight training to cardio aerobics. This is a great time to get into a workout regimen.

  • Stay hydrated. It's easy to feel as though you don't need tons of water while you're just hanging out around your house, but you do. Your brain needs it. You're still doing the same amount of thinking you've always done, just from a different location.

  • Take some time for yourself. As important as being in a routine is, this entire situation is not routine, which adds a high level of stress to everyone's life. But that doesn't mean you have to treat it as a drag. Yes, it would be nice to attend gatherings and take your kids to the movies on the weekends, but reframing this period as a time to soak up the (mandatory) time at home will help to kick the cabin fever. Read the books you say you never have time for. Teach your dog a new trick. Work on some home improvement projects you've been putting off. Get a head start on your outlines.

Admittedly, these tips aren't super different than what you'd normally expect to do on any given day, quarantine or not. If you have anything additional, feel free to comment below or message me on instagram: @lexdesk.

Praying for everyone. We'll make it through this.