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Life in lockdown now studying is over

We have been in lockdown officially now for 9 whole weeks. Which is crazy to think, but I actually feel it has gone pretty fast. Up until now my main focus was to finish my assignments for second year and last week I suddenly found myself submitting my last one. Now that the main thing that was keeping me busy is over, it’s time to figure out how I can get through the rest of the lockdown in the best way possible.

As students I’m sure many of us are slowly being put in the same position. So, I thought I would share how I plan to do the remainder of ‘quarantine’ and hopefully it might give you some inspiration too.

So firstly, I have been taking this time day by day. It is very easy to feel pressured into having a fancy schedule or a special productive plan. But I think it’s important to not put too much pressure on yourself during this time. Mostly importantly we can use this time to look after our wellbeing and for me, not feeling overwhelmed is a key part of that.

There might be days where I simply binge on Netflix or I might have a creative, productive day where I do things I normally don’t have time to do like paint or bake. Either way both is ok, just use this time to feel however you want to feel.

Find methods of peace that work for you. Here are mine, maybe they can be yours too?

  • Lots of sleep! Whilst my  daily routine isn’t perfect, I try my best to sleep at normal times, it really helps with motivation.
  • Vitamins –  keep up with multivitamins and some vitamin d – being out less means less sunshine but we still need that energy to be productive.
  • Plants – recently I got an Aloe Vera plant in my room, just having something to look after and nurture has given me a sense of achievement.  Growing a plant like Aloe Vera also has so many benefits such as being great for skin and hair. Other plants that are good for you and help improve sleep.
  • Skincare – I have upped my skin routine, ordered myself a facial steamer and a couple (about 5!) facemasks and just generally focusing on self-improvement. This has given me something to look forward to as I can’t wait to see progress.
  • Talking to loved ones. Whoever you’re living with try to have talks with them about what’s on your mind but also call up a friend and have a chat.
  • Cooking/baking – is there a recipe that you always thought would take too long to make? Now, you finally have the time to experiment and learn new recipes.

Most importantly, try to collect your thoughts however  you can – maybe it’s through meditation or prayer for example. This can be a time for reflection and change. That way we can all become better from this and be much more mentally prepared for when this is finally over.

Student lifestyle posts which reflect the interests of our students are written by student interns working within the Marketing department and do not reflect the research, guidance or opinions of Middlesex University. If you have feedback or want to suggest ideas for future student lifestyle posts, please email communications@mdx.ac.uk

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