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Lockdown 3.0 is upon us and this time things are quite a bit different making it even harder to keep yourself motivated. It’s around 15 degrees colder, the days are shorter not to mention that we have been in and out of lockdown for almost a year now… So, if you’re finding it hard to stay positive as you sit at your make shift desk for yet ANOTHER Zoom call, online lesson or catch up with friends, know that you’re not alone and we all need a little push every once in a while. That brings me to my next lot of top tip for staying motivated in yet ANOTHER lockdown: 

WHEN LEARNING FROM HOME: 

Always put your camera on when asked 

  • It is important to stay present, not only for your tutor and class mates but also for yourself. If you know you’re going to be on camera you’re more likely to get up, dressed and prepared for the day ahead rather than sitting in bed slobbing which helps with giving yourself a routine 

Are your expectations too high? 

  • We all know routine is important and I hope you’ve been working on that over the past few months. However, it is important that you give yourself realistic expectations for your daily routine, don’t expect too much of yourself especially if you’re struggling on a certain day! 

  • Make sure you allow yourself breaks: go on a walk (it’s obvious I like walking isn’t it?), binge watch Netflix, take a nap, have a bath. Forcing productivity when your mind is racing/foggy will not work, and will only lead you to feel worse 

Download the Forest app.  

  • If you can’t trust yourself to keep your phone in a draw while you study, maybe an app will help? Forest allows you to set a timer of how long you need/ wish to stay focused and your tree will grow while you are focused on your work. However, if you leave the app/ lose concentration and decide to scroll your social media before your tree is fully grown it will cause your tree to die. 

Cancel out the noise 

  • Do you live in a house with multiple people working from home, boiling the kettle, hoovering, singing in the shower? ASMR could be your new best friend. Rather than shouting at them to be quiet or allowing them to distract you, try wearing headphones and listening to some ASMR while you work to block out the noise. IF music works for you then great but I know that when I turn on music all I want to do is dance and sing, not concentrate.  

Informal library/ work sessions with friends  

  • Learning from home can get a little lonely especially if you’re someone who usually likes to work with or around others to bounce ideas etc. Don’t let that stop now you’re at home, set up a weekly FaceTimes/Zooms/any kind of video call where you discuss what you’re working on or just have them there for company whilst you both work separately and occasionally pop your head up to ask questions or discuss. 

SELF CARE: 

Download the Plant Nanny app. 

  • Staying hydrated is the key to concentration and if you’re not great at remembering to drink water then Plant Nanny is perfect way to keep hydrated whilst growing virtual plants too!  

Get your steps in! I have said it before and I will say it again, walking has kept me sane this past ALMOST YEAR (wow, it really has been that long).  

  • Whenever, wherever, wrapped up in whatever you need to brave the cold just get outside as much as possible! Top Tip: Take a coffee, tea or hot chocolate with you ANYTHING to help you feel cosy!  

  • The nights might be dark but the winter sunsets are OUT OF THIS WORLD right? If you can get out at any time, make it for those sunsets. 

Struggling to get enough natural sunlight?  

  • A SAD Lamp could become your new best friend! If you’re working, reading, relaxing and feel like you’re not getting enough sunlight a SAD Lamp is thought to help increase your energy levels, and help you feel better about yourself and life while brightening up your day also! If you can’t get your hands on a SAD Lamp just make sure you’re not sat at home in the dark, pop a lamp on and keep yourself feeling awake!  

Are you missing the warmer weather? 

  • Ok we don’t get to sit outside in the sunshine at lunch this time round, but we do get to wrap up warm and sit on the sofa binging whatever series we wish with a cup of hot chocolate in hand once we’ve got our work out of the way. Although they may be dark, make the most of your evenings and try to stay away from too much screen time/ scrolling if you’ve had a busy day at the computer. 

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