Studying in times of Corona
These are peculiar times. Our daily lives are significantly emptier as a result of COVID-19 and there are a lot of insecurities about the future. Paying attention to your (mental) health is essential these days; besides your studies, your social life will mostly take place in a digital environment, and this takes its toll on you. How do you structure your days? Wakker bij Bakker has provided us with another blog filled with tip on how to take care of yourself during the current situation:
‘Self is not alone’: Asking for help
In the student world, asking for help or taking a step back may feel like failing. “I also notice this in students and teachers at work at the Haagse Hogeschool, and I am also not immune to it myself,” Hannah Boekesteijn mentions in her blog for Wakker bij Bakker. Sometimes you seem to be the only one that struggles. The idea that you are the only one that keeps failing to do something right, while others seem to have no problem at all. In a time of social media we have a great say in what others get to see and what not. We tend to share only our ‘happy’ moments. This, of course, results in a wrong image. Many students quickly get the feeling that they are exaggerating and have to continue in order to meet expectations from the people around them. They tend to ignore their inner struggles, which in most cases just results in an overflow of emotions and stress. What makes asking for help so difficult? And what is the effect of this difficulty on us?
Switching gears! A game between making an effort and relaxation
The exam weeks are (almost) over again. The first syllabuses with the upcoming assignments start to arrive and it is time to mentally prepare yourself for a new block. After a week of relaxation, getting rid of exam stress by means of partying and bingewatching in bed, it is time to surrender to the new courses. You need to get back on that horse.
Wakker bij Bakker writes in an instructive manner about these switching situations: how do you regain complete focus after a period of intense relaxation? And what about the other way around? Read more about letting go, finding new energy between exams, and the best ways to open up your books after an evening of partying. Convenient tips that are useful for every student, we figured. After all, switching gears is hardly ever without struggles.
Getting to know yourself better through writing
In times of important exams and dissertations, stress will probably find its way back into your life. You feel distracted, your head overflows and preferably, you stay in bed 24/7 with the lights turned off. Try and ignore it, that will make it go away. But staying in bed for days will not help you go over the things on your to-do list. Eventually, you realize that ignoring it is not the way to go. But how, in heaven’s name, do you get rid of all the stress? And what about the impossible winter depression? How do you find the energy and will to go on?
By writing! No complete essays or perfect articles, but simply about your thoughts and feelings. Namely, this can provide you with insights in the way you react to certain situations and the motivation behind it. Help, but how? Read more here on how to make these stressful and difficult situations more bearable.
Wakker bij Bakker Student Coaching
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- Psychological complaints
- Study and career choices
- Studying in an effective way
- Balance between study and student-life