Many of us are facing the reality of online schooling for the upcoming school year. Some people might have no problem with that, while others are frustrated, angry, and stressed. Whatever you are feeling is valid and relatable. But you have to make a plan that will ensure a successful year. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Come to terms with your feelings. Holding on to them won’t do you any good, so take the time to work through them and make your peace. Once you have done that, you will have a clearer mind and be more likely to achieve success.
- Schedule relaxation time. Online schooling can sometimes be more stressful than in-person schooling, and self-care is always important. Set aside time to do something you enjoy or to spend time with your family or even to take a nap. You are not a machine, you cannot expect yourself to go from classes to homework and back again. Give yourself time to recharge.
- Find something to do with your hands while you are in class and not taking notes, because let’s face it, it happens. And we all know the temptation to peruse social media is strong in those moments, but then you will miss important information. Instead, find something to keep your hands busy with while your mind is attentive. This worked very well for me back in the spring when I found myself browsing Pinterest instead of paying attention. Once I started knitting when I wasn’t taking notes, everything became so much easier. You can knit, finger weave, draw, crochet, make jewelry, or a number of other things.
Education is so important, and you can’t let online schooling throw you. Figure out what works best for you and do it. Your future self will thank you for sticking with it, and before you know it, everything will be back to normal.