How Students Can Manage Their Mental Health While Engaging in eLearning During the Coronavirus Pandemic Part 1

By Stacey Steinbaum, Trauma Certified Clinical Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCTP
www.personaltherapyservices.com
 


 
Students in many parts of the world have made significant changes to their daily routine to slow the spread of Covid-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. In order to practice social distancing students have refrained from going back to their classrooms and have switched to eLearning. While analyzing students’ mental health, it is clear that the huge shift in their routines and the stress of the virus has had a negative impact on them. It is possible for students to manage their mental health needs and be academically successful during the 2020-2021 eLearning school year.

 

 

STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS

Establish a Routine

Having a routine is key to being successful. It will make it easier to balance the new stressors of online classwork with the rest of your life. Try to mirror your routine from when you were physically attending school. The most challenging part of the schedule is sticking to it. Asking a friend to hold you accountable can be very helpful. Review your routine with your friend and explain the expectations. Not only will your friend be there to support you, but you can both motivate each other. Better mental health is a direct result of just a little extra planning.

How to Start a Routine

  • Set goals
  • Layout a plan
  • Be consistent with time
  • Be prepared
  • Make it fun
  • Track your progress
  • Reward yourself

eLearning Study Habits Dos and Don’ts

  • Do NOT do school work in bed
  • Keeping a formal schedule and sticking to it
  • Establishing a reliable study-space in your own home
  • Have your own deadline
  • Know when to ask for help
  • Email or reach out to a teacher when having difficulties

To Be Continued…

 

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