How to study and work from home

Tips for keeping yourself happy and healthy at home

UNICEF Viet Nam
How to study and work from home
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung
26 March 2020

People around the world are being asked to stay home and this can be a testing time. Young people, adults and caregivers are being asked to study and work from home, and adapt their lives to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Being confined for any extended period can be difficult. Our normal routines and schedules are disrupted and regular social contact is greatly reduced. This can have negative impacts on our bodies and minds.

A balanced diet, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep are the bedrock of being healthy. But, during these trying times, it can be more challenging than normal to maintain a good balance.

Here are some tips to help maintain our wellbeing, and perhaps even learn a new skill or two!

Time management

Many of our daily schedules are suddenly disrupted, but it is important to maintain structure to your day.

  • Set routines: regular routines help us create structure to our day. Simple things like eating breakfast, brushing your teeth and sitting at your desk to work each day at the same time is an important way to get yourself on the right track.
  • Work life balance: make sure you have the right balance of work and personal or family pursuits. Some people might be tempted to work longer hours because they are no longer in an office. Monitor your hours to make sure you have balance.

See the opportunities!

There are positive sides to working at home. You might suddenly find you have an extra hour or two, or more, each day. Don’t miss this opportunity: learn a language, play an instrument, write a poem or learn yoga. There are many apps and websites that can help you learn from home.

Some people might also find it useful to keep a diary. Writing about your feelings and experiences can be a useful way of keeping track of your feelings and an eye on your mental health. Perhaps it’ll even make for a good story one day!

Go easy on media consumption

The news is full of terrifying stories about COVID-19 and it can quickly get overwhelming. It’s important to keep things in perspective and controlling your consumption of what you watch, read and listen to around coronavirus can greatly help reduce anxiety.

Set yourself some boundaries for how much news you consume, and check where you are getting this information from. Keep updated on the facts from trusted sources and make sure your media consumption is balanced with other things such as music, books and TV shows. 

Stay mindful

Stress and anxiety, worrying about what has happened and what could happen, could in many cases be as harmful as the virus itself. While we focus on staying physically healthy, we must also make sure we stay mentally healthy too. There are apps that can help reduce worry and stress.

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.”
― Michel de Montaigne

Kindness

Be kind to yourself, and be kind to others. Many people are feeling stressed and worried right now, and some will be feeling lonely. Make sure you reach out to those who may be feeling vulnerable and try one conscious act of kindness each day.

By regularly following these tips, you will have a good chance of keeping your mind and body healthy during these trying times. You might even learn something new!