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How to Survive the End of Lockdown as a Student

It’s been six weeks since we last set foot in a bar, restaurant or gym, or saw anyone socially, and for lots of you the motivation might well be dipping. It certainly has with me!

Unfortunately, there’s also the uncertainty of not know when you’ll be returning to normal life, if you’ll be returning in the near future and what a return to college or uni might look like. And it’s very difficult to get yourself in the right headspace if you don’t have any clarity or control over what is happening to you. 

However, there are are few ways you can make sure that you get back on track and re-motivated for the final push.

1. Tidy your desk

There is nothing like a day of organising, and decluttering your desk is a great way of starting that process. Throw away any notes you’ve typed up, put your coursework into folders and give homes to all your pens, notepads and other stationery. By the end of it you should actually have some space for working and you’ll be itching to start in that lovely area you’ve created for yourself. 

2. Make a plan for your next few weeks

While you might not know when lockdown is going to end, or when your regular life will be back to normal, ensure that you have one or two things you would like to achieve over the next couple of weeks. These have to be doable in the time frame, and if they are consist of more than one step to achieve the goal you should write out each step - this way you will feel like you’ve achieved something every time you tick off a step, plus you’ll be more likely to start as the goal won’t look so daunting. Once you have completed a goal you can then treat yourself to something special, whether it’s watching a film, a house party call or a whole pack of hobnobs (but don’t indulge too often!). 

3. Write down everything you’ve achieved so far

Even though you may be feeling as though you’ve been sitting in a slump for the past month you WILL have achieved lots. You might have learnt a new skill, volunteered and met new people along the way, or written essays, completed coursework and revised. Make a note of everything that you have achieved, however small, from every area of your life, and the pleasure in seeing how much you’ve completed will set you up for the next few weeks.

4. Remember why you are doing this

Let’s hope that lockdown only happens once in our lifetime, and whilst you are studying at home or halls focus on what your future might look like. Whether you’ve a specific career in mind, a university you want to attend in September (fingers crossed) or the ability gain experiences like travelling or living in London, putting in the effort now means that you will be able to achieve those ambitions in the future. Looking ahead this far in the future will help you remove some of the uncertainty of the here and now, and none of it will hamper your future goals. 

5. Make sure you ask for help if you need it

Lockdown is tough and if you are struggling, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Remember that your physical and mental health are important not to neglect at this time. Your university, college or school should be on hand to get you through this difficult time, while your friends and family are a great shout as they are also in the same boat and may be experiencing the same feelings as you.

The mental health charity Mind has advice on self-isolating and your mental health while the Samaritans are a great organisation to call when you have no where else to turn.