It’s fair to say that 2020 has been far different than anyone could possible have guessed this time last year. After the whole country was plunged into lockdown for four months, we would be forgiven for thinking that things were finally getting back to normal. Pubs, restaurants, and shops – if not quite trading like before – are at least taking customers once again. People are jetting off on spontaneous – or delayed – holidays and many workers are back to work.
In addition, after a long period of continuing their studies away from campus or school, students have once again been returning to accommodation. However, the transition hasn’t always been as smooth as we might have hoped. Local lockdowns have meant that some students are once again being deprived of many typical student activities.
So, we decided to put together a list of top tips to help students cope with the possibility of another lockdown…
Try to maintain a routine
While student timetables are not famous for their accommodation of a solid routine, a lack of physical lectures and seminars to attend can only make this more difficult. However, maintaining some kind of routine is vital for our mental and physical wellbeing, as well as preserving a healthy sleep pattern.
Being unable to attend university classes isn’t the only deprivation that students are facing. A lack of jobs has meant that some students might also be missing out on the structure provided by part-time jobs. You can try to battle this by setting target times to both go to bed and get up in the morning. Allocating times for meals, study, and recreation is also a good way to keep some structure in your day.
Set yourself small goals
Being unable to head to the library or meet friends for a drink can make you feel like you have a lot of time with nothing to fill it with. Setting yourself small goals can help you to stay motivated. Look into learning some new recipes or getting back into an old hobby that you’re interested in (or get stuck into a new one!).
This is a great way to make you feel more productive and it can also help you to maintain a structure in your day. However, don’t make your goals too intimidating or put too much pressure on yourself. These should be fun, not stressful!
Try to stay active
By now, we all know how important exercise can be for our mental health. Many of us attempted a Joe Wickes workout or two when we found ourselves abruptly plunged into lockdown in March (before we realised, we were in it for the long haul…).
While this is great, experts recommend exercising outdoors if possible and at the brightest point of the day. This is because sunlight boosts our mood in addition to the endorphins that are released through exercise. Try going for a run or even some yoga in your local park. Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable exercising in private – that’s great too!
Find student accommodation
Where do you want to go?
I moved to Mayfair Court 3 years ago and we love it here. My apartment is spacious and enlightened by large windows facing Wilmslow road. Commons, including a flourishing inner garden are well kept. Staff are friendly and always there to help, and the community is diverse. Location is very convenient. There’s a bus stop at the foot of the building, a supermarket across the street, Bodey Medical Centre behind the supermarket, and plenty of restaurants and pubs around. I'm happy to call this place our home while in Manchester.
For a very spacious space with great amenities, the price is very mucb affordable. Good views and great support staff to help out at anytime of the day.
Searched for loads of student accommodation before I found this gem amongst the rest. Really nice sizeable apartments in a great student busy location. Would highly recommend Mezzino.
Millstone is a brilliant place to live, Ive just book for my 3rd year. The staff are kind and caring. I have love living at Millstone as it has given me independence and a bigger family.
Living at The Junxion has been a very homely experience for me, as from moving in on my first year of university I was a little nervous about living on my own so far away from my home in Liverpool; but that all change once I moved into my new room, as the buildings interior design gives off such a relaxing vibe that will allow you to study in peace. Although the staff in the building where so very comforting to speak to and will offer guidance on pretty much anything, as they are always there to help. Other than that I would highly recommend The Junxion to anyone as I am currently a second year living with my friend at The Junxion and I couldn’t feel more at home.
Highly recommend Mezzino Student living, it’s furnished to a high standard and is in the heart of the student area. Has very helpful staff and it’s well run in the office.