A Student Guide To Coping With Obstacles

by Auriel Simmonds

It’s a confusing and uncertain time for everyone around the world at the moment. We want to offer a place to try and think clearly and to figure out how to cope. When you’re isolating as a student, it might feel like things are more stressful than ever. And it’s fair to feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty. This could tempt you into ignoring your work and pretending that you’re not actually at university anymore. But there are ways you can try to deal with the situation. If you’re forced to self-isolate or are simply struggling to cope with anxieties weighing on your mind, here are three ways all students can try to make the best of a difficult situation. 

‘Studenting’ from home – Online Resources

You’re in the middle of writing your essay and you need to find a certain book. A book that’s available at the library… but you find that your university’s library is closed. This doesn’t mean that you can’t write a great essay. Living in the 21st century, we’re lucky enough to have access to thousands of online resources. These can be accessed through your university’s online library catalogues as well as other academic websites. There is a wealth of academic journals and other incredibly useful materials online. Just make sure to access them through approved avenues in order to avoid using invalid resources!

Mental Health

Now more than ever, it’s incredibly important to take a step back. You need to ensure that you’re taking care of your mental health. Stressful situations may lead you to become neglectful of yourself, mentally. And while it is normal and healthy to feel your feelings, it’s equally as important to do what you can to take care of yourself. Acknowledging your feelings, getting the right amount of sleep and eating nutritious meals are a few ways to ensure you’re taking care of your mental health on a routine basis.

Routine & Organisation for a Student at Home

Having what feels like endless assignments can be really overwhelming. But by coming up with (and sticking to!) a routine, you’ll be able to organise your workload and get things done efficiently. This may include waking up at a certain time and getting ready for the day (including getting out of pyjamas)!

It’s also extremely helpful to write out a list of all your deadlines in the order they’re due. This will help to free your mind of trying to remember them all. Once you’ve figured this out, the next thing to do is to organise your day and have a set plan of things you need to work on. Also, make sure to include breaks, as working for seven straight hours is neither productive or good for you mentally. Having a set routine will allow you to cope with your workload while also enabling you to carve out time for yourself.

As a student, you’re hopefully studying something you are interested in and so the most important thing to try and remember and hold on to through tough times is that you actually enjoy what you’re doing! Although deadlines and writing essays are less than fun, if you try and remind yourself of the love and enjoyment you have for what you study, it will make all the difference. Being a student at this time is difficult but these things can help you through it!

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1 comment

Belinda Martin October 8, 2020 - 10:44 am

Studying is a really difficult but unforgettable period. Even while studying from home, I don’t want to miss out on opportunities. Of course, it’s a sad thing that I’m not spending time with friends, but I am more focused on my studies.
Now I am trying to follow the advice from this infographic: https://businessconnectindia.in/guest-contribution/25-simple-healthy-lifestyle-tips-for-students/ I think it is very important to find a balance between study and rest, between what I need to do and what I want to do. And it is quite possible to be a successful student and an active young adult even in such circumstances.


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