Are you a remote student, or thinking about becoming one?
Distance learning has become increasingly popular, granting students the freedom to pursue their studies remotely.
However, amidst the allure of flexibility and convenience lies an enigma – how do we safeguard our well-being while navigating the challenges of remote learning?!
In this blog post, we’ll explore essential self-care for remote students, unearthing vital tips that will help you strike balance ignite your motivation and unlock secretes to flourishing in the realm of distance education.
1. Establish a structured routine
Routines are underrated!
By having some kind of consistency in your daily routine, this can provide a sense of stability and can help you to stay organized.
Try setting specific times for studying, breaks, meals and relax time. Stick to it as much as you can to work towards striking a comfortable balance!
2. Designate a dedicated study space
A productive learning environment is essential!
Having a space that you have designated to your studies can really boost productivity, if it’s quiet and well-lit without any distractions, what more do you need?
You’ll be focused in no time! Feeling comfortable is also key along with any necessary tools such as a sturdy Wi-Fi connection and plush seating.
3. Take regular breaks
Without breaks, it’s likely you’ll lose focus and run the risk of burning out!
It’s well worth incorporating short breaks into your study schedule to allow time to recharge your batteries and prevent mental fatigue.
Doing activities such as stretching, walking or meditation can be helpful to relax and rejuvenate.
4. Prioritize physical activity
Moving your body is also good for your mind!
Your mental well-being is incredibly important and shouldn’t be put to the back of the pile when life gets busy.
I would suggest incorporating regular physical activity into your routine, it could be taking a stroll around the block, following an online workout class, or yoga. These things have been proven to reduce stress, improve concentration and boost your overall mood!
5. Stay connected with peers and instructors
Things can get lonely… if you let them!
One of the biggest challenges of distance learning is the potential for things to feel a bit isolated. But its not all doom and gloom – there’s ways you can avoid this! Stay connected with your peers and tutors as much as you need, take part in any virtual study groups or video conferences. The more you engage with people whilst studying from home, the more supported you will feel and the stronger the sense of community will become!
6. Practice self-care activities
Play hard = work even harder?!
Whatever brings you the most joy, try to make some time for your hobbies too. Whether its listening to music, reading books, watching movies – this could set the tone for your studying week, and could help to promote a more positive mindset.
I like to bake and brew coffee; I try to work these around work when I am at home to add a bit of fun to my day.
7. Set realistic goals and celebrate achievements
It always helps to keep things realistic, right?
Applying this theory to your study goals add to your focus and motivation. If you have some tasks that are bigger than others, try breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks, and celebrate your accomplishments along the way.
Having the chance to recognise these achievements and monitor your progress will feel great and will give you the encouragement to keep going!
8. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Food and nutrition can be easy to forget or push to the side when you’re busy.
Eating in a balanced way and ensuring your providing yourself with the energy you need to focus is something else that can be a game-changer, as well as hydrating adequately and getting enough kip!
Coffee can be so comforting, and the caffeine boost can be helpful at times! But don’t overdo it – prioritising a good night’s sleep will be beneficial for your concentration, and overall cognitive function, throughout the day!
9. Seek support when needed
To round things off with the final tip of the lot – it’s more than okay to ask for help!
There’s going to be times when you struggle with coursework, times when you feel overwhelmed or stressed. This is the time to reach out to friends, family, tutors and peers.
People are around you for guidance and support, to share resources and offer a helping hand when you need it.
Prioritise yourself and you’ll never look back!
By implementing these self-care tips into your world of distance learning, you can enhance your overall well-being, stay motivated and make another step closer to a healthy balance throughout the journey!
Always remember to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, these things all need to be in check to be able to succeed at anything, not just distance learning courses.
This week also happens to be mental health awareness week and there are lots of things you can do to help with feelings of anxiety. Check out these tips by the Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw/tips
Ready to roll?
If you feel like you’re ready to get going with an AAT course and would like to read some more information about what to expect from us, and how we approach distance learning, head over to this page on our website: Courses – Accountancy Learning
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