Join us in a joint effort with Tecnologico de Monterrey’s EGADE Business School to learn how to stay healthy, happy and productive when studying at home.
Routine is key
It is important to maintain a sense of routine by creating a study plan and a daily routine. Follow these three rules if you like to have a daily list. Reward yourself when you finish! You should control your expectations, and not put yourself under too much stress.
You should have a dedicated space where you can keep your books, notebooks, laptops and any other items you might need to set the mood for study and stay focused. Some people love to work in silence, but for others it is more like a loud noise. Play some soothing music to create an ambient background.
It is important to set boundaries with your family and close friends. Let them know your study schedule to avoid distractions. You should give your eyes (and brain) frequent breaks throughout the day. Limiting screen time can help reduce fatigue, headaches and sleep disruptions. In this context…
Get a good sleep and a restful night.
It’s easy to say, but hard to do. We’ve been there. According to research, young adults (18-25) should aim for between 7 and nine hours of sleep each night. It may seem like you are doing something for your children, but it can help you get more ZZZs.
Stay in touch
It is strange to no longer be able to interact with your classmates and professors. They’re still around, so contact them whenever you like (or just to say hi!). The same goes for your university’s support services.
Schools and universities around the world have responded quickly to the Covid-19 outbreak. EGADE Business School, Monterrey in Mexico, launched an “Alternative Learning Platform” for students to further develop their knowledge using different resources and facilities. The school has also launched a Q&A site for students who want to stay up-to-date with the latest news.
If you want to talk about an assignment or a test that you are preparing for, send your classmates a message. You can go one step further and arrange an online study session for a group of students. Zoom and Microsoft Teams are both great for this. It’s always refreshing to meet an old friend or hear familiar voices, even if your study session has become a “catch-up” session.
Healthy eating has many benefits.
Why is it more fun to finish a large packet of chips than to eat an apple or orange? It is beneficial to prepare your meals ahead of time. This allows you more time for study breaks.
Get up and get moving.
We are currently limited in what exercises we can do at home. A HIIT workout is a great way to clear your mind and start the day. Yoga and meditation are also great ways to unwind from a long day of studying.
Students can find a variety of resources at EGADE that will help them maintain their physical and mental health.
YouTube and social media are full of engaging and fun workout videos.
Use social media, especially news sites and apps.
When we talk about being healthy, we mean being both mentally and physically fit. It’s great to be in constant contact with family and friends, wherever they may be. However, 24/7 access to social media can do more harm than good to our mental and physical health.
Avoid spending too much of your time on news apps and sites. You can also remove them if you need to. You can find positive images and content on many social media sites.
Keep a project on the go.
Why not take advantage of this chance to try something new? If you want to enjoy a new comedy or drama on Netflix, then go for it. You can do whatever you like between classes. We have some ideas that you might want to explore, even if only once:
Color and paint with number books
Discover a different language. Duolingo can help you get started (and it’s free!).
Students who want to brush up on their knowledge or learn a new skill can soon access LinkedIn Learning, a free and innovative platform called EGADE capsules. Students can now access more than 80 “crash courses” presented by professors with expertise in their fields, including marketing, communication, finance and business.
Students, spouses, parents and those who wish to improve their skills can also take classes at the school.