As the pandemic Covid 19 struck the nation, schools and colleges were the first to be shutdown and the parents and students heaved a sigh of relief. Some took it as a “blessing in disguise” to prepare well for their left-over exams and for others it was a welcome break from ongoing studies. The country thrived on the hope that after 21 days we would step out into a new nation free of the deadly corona virus….but alas that was not to be!!!

The lockdown got extended and along with that it brought despair, anxiety and hopelessness. It sounds easy to be doing nothing, relaxing and enjoying indoors but it is easier said than done. As, students you to remember that sooner or later you will have to get back to the original schedules and work hard. Therefore, it is important that you remember your goals and be prepared for them.

We bring forward a few suggestions to help you keep motivated, productive and positive during this time.

1. Stop obsessing, look at the positives

Will the exams happen or not? Will the colleges open or not? Will I be stuck with the online mode of study? Will I be spending my life in the house only? When will this all end? We don’t know what the future would be like so why obsess on what will happen next. Find the positive in each situation, look at how other countries despite gruesome circumstances and situations have survived and our moving forward. It’s an old age adage that that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

2. Try new things

You had always thought that if you had time you wanted to do certain things….now is the time!!! Start that exercising routine that you always longed to do, finish that incomplete painting that you had started, read those books that you had always wanted didn’t have the time for, meditate and connect with the nature, practise yoga and see how it brings a change in your physical as well as mental output. Play with pets or feed the stray animals in the locality.

3. Stay connected

Loneliness is quite damaging so don’t isolate yourself socially. Call up family members with whom you have not spoken for a long time, motivate them too. Friends are a great help to each other in these testing times. Call them up, be in touch through whatsapp, Skype, FaceTime… any form of digital communication. Staying connected helps us to manage stress and live longer and happier.

4. Plan your Day

Right in the morning, plan your day. In the beginning of the day figure out what you want to do and what your priorities are. The achievement of a structured plan will give you a sense of fulfilment at the end of the day.

It is important that we take care of our mental health during the lock down so that once the conditions become normal, we are able to spring back to our feet and adjust to the normal life with greater ease. So… stay motivated and make the best out of this time!!!

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