By: Andy Chen
August is a dreaded season for students, marking their inevitable return to school. This year, however, most students won’t be physically returning; instead, they’ll resume their education through either an online or hybrid model of schooling. For many, these online models may add to the already considerable stress students are facing in wake of the coming school year — but with enough healthy lifestyle choices, the effects of this problem can be mitigated significantly.
Most importantly, make sure to take frequent breaks. While Zoom burnout is frequently joked about, it’s a very real possibility given how frequent students must spend online. Taking the time to stretch between classes and make space for a lunch break can prove essential for students’ mental health.
Additionally, exercise is essential for keeping physically healthy — and it also provides a great excuse to take a break and get off your computer. Although sports may be out of the question, make sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Another way to take a break is to spend some time with your friends, either virtually or in person. Social contact, just like exercising, is vital in not burning out. Just remember: if you’re going to meet in person, make sure to stay hygienic, wear masks, and maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.
Online learning also makes it easier to procrastinate — don’t do it if you don’t have to. The last thing you want is another source of stress, so it’s better to get your work done in a timely manner rather than having it pile up uncontrollably.
Even though the new school year may be significantly more stressful than the old one, you’ll be able to endure and succeed with the healthy lifestyle choices.