Ever since the emergence of coronavirus back in early 2020, the world has seemed a very different place. From the early lockdowns in March and April to social distancing, mask-wearing, temperature checks and self-isolation, life really has been turned upside down this year.

Of course, students too have been affected by the virus and despite the reopening of university campuses and the return of undergraduates, many student accommodation buildings have been in lockdown since the start of term.

With Boris Johnson’s latest announcement that Merseyside is to be put into Tier 3 grading, it looks as though there will be even tougher times ahead for the region – possibly for up to six months. If you’ve just returned to university, or are attending for the first time, here are some tips to help you make it through the latest round of restrictions:

Take up blogging/journaling for self-discovery

There is little doubt we’re living through unique times – and not in a good way. Nonetheless, there will come a time when all this will pass and you could be surprised just how much you’re inadvertently learning about yourself through Covid-19. We’re all having to pull on inner strengths through this period so why not start writing down your feelings so you can refer back to them in the future?

Documenting your hopes and fears can be quite therapeutic in itself but the material you write now could end up providing a timely reminder when things eventually return to normal. Moreover, you might find you strike a chord with an audience and could even make some extra, much-needed cash from a blog site.

Other essential tips for self-care and staying positive

Nobody is having an easy time through coronavirus and it can often be quite hard to find motivation during lockdown. Nonetheless, it’s important not to just let yourself go. Adding a little variety to each day is important – plus it will be good for morale if you take time to pamper yourself a little. Try the following:

  • Remember to look after your personal appearance. Males should make the effort to shave, wash, brush hair etc while females should also remember make-up or occasional pampering like wearing a face mask or painting nails etc. Being locked at home, it’s very easy to let personal standards drop.
  • Get dressed each day i.e. do not just lounge around in your nightwear. It’s important to have structure to life and getting properly dressed will help you start the day right.
  • One major area you’ll frequently find slipping is the time you spend sleeping. Try to establish a daily routine if possible, waking and going to bed at the same time.
  • If you’re finding it difficult to concentrate on your studies or you’re finding it hard to find the motivation to write, you could enlist the help of Cambridge Academic Solutions Ltd who offer a range of essay writing solutions.
  • Take a long and relaxing bath once in a while.
  • Avoid drinking/smoking too much.
  • Try to avoid eating too many snacks or junk food.
  • Remember to keep in touch regularly with friends and family. Online chat is better than no chat at all.
  • Try dancing to lift your spirits and improve your fitness.
  • Put together a reading list of inspiring novels to give yourself an emotional boost.
  • Think about putting together a workout schedule. With the gyms closed for the foreseeable future, the only exercise you’re likely to get is outdoors or at home. YouTube is full of workout videos you can do in the living room.

With bars, restaurants, gyms and casinos shut from Wednesday 14th across the city, student life this year is going to be very different to previous years – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the best of it. Remember to try and keep your spirits high, concentrate as best you can on your studies and stay as connected as possible with family and friends.