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Dry January

By Advice, COVID

This January has been different – while the classic January Blues lurk around as always, we are also in a lock down, the typical challenge of a Dry January suddenly feels completely absurd.

So, by this point in the month, you have either found control in a successful alcohol-free month (well done you)! Or the opposite, maybe clinging to a bottle as everything else seems to crumble, perhaps the thought was there, but the motivation lost along the way…

Either way, it seems like the odds were against us all, choosing such a blue month like January. Who says we can’t give it another go? Let’s break the cycle and redefine what is needed to actually start a habit.

 

MOTIVATION AND RESULTS

No, a habit does not have to commence at the start of a week, a day, or even a year to stick, it’s a myth, and the perfect excuse for all the procrastinators reading this…

Many of us have found ourselves drinking more in lockdown because it’s instant satisfaction – how are we meant to replace such an easy source of satisfaction amongst all the stress, and start prioritising long term benefits?

Most people think that motivation needs to come first, before action, but that is hardly ever the case. We need to take the action, like cutting down on alcohol, to see the results of increased energy and better moods.  We can then be motivated by results! Action + Results = Motivation.
But remember, if January was too miserable to be motivated, that’s OK!

Try dropping a bad habit this month instead, see the results and keep going all year.

 

REPLACING THE BAD HABIT, ITS NOT WINE O’CLOCK ANYMORE…

You might routinely long for that glass of wine on a Friday night after the working week closes, or a gin and tonic on Zoom catch ups with friends. There are often certain times, locations or activities associated with drinking. We don’t have to stop these fun scenarios, instead, find alternative ways that achieve the same goal.

Do you normally drink alcohol to relax? To have fun? As an icebreaker to socialise? Look into other methods where you can get the same result and replace drinking with this. Have a long bubble bath. Take up an exciting new hobby. Replace social drinking with eating or activities, perhaps a themed cuisine event or a fun board game night.

 

SET BACKS

Realise that forming a new habit is not constant progress, broke the habit for one day? One week? Be gentle on yourself, recognise the break and then move on. An effective method is the 3-3 rule. You might ‘accidentally’ have 3 days off, which isn’t the best but also isn’t the end of the world, and you can counteract this by having 3 consecutive days on!

Take this even further, and ask why you slipped up, what have you learnt? What circumstances happened at the time, is there a trigger or feeling you can keep an eye out for? The change for Dry January might not come as easily as hoped, and you might only get bursts of motivation, that’s OK – maximise them!

All in all, just because you didn’t do Dry January, doesn’t mean you can’t start the positive change in another month…

Opportunities Arising for Students

Opportunities Arising For Students As a Result of Covid-19

By Advice, COVID

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So, those of us who, once upon a time, experienced University life would pretty much agree, it’s probably the best time of your life.

For example, living independently from your parents for the first time is a pretty cool experience.

Equally, experimenting with your looks, behaviour and friendships is all part of that experience.

Whilst you evidently have to put the work in for your degree, it’s a time for full on freedom!

However, is that still the case for students of 2020 and beyond?

Has the coronavirus taken all the fun out of it?

 

Pros And Cons Of Student Life During The Pandemic

As with all things in life, there are pros and cons.

It may be disappointing for students living in a city, maybe for the first time, not to take advantage of all it has to offer.

Similarly, being forbidden to go clubbing and drinking after 10pm in the pub may not seem a barrel of laughs.

However, maybe there are opportunities for students in COVID times that haven’t been fully available before. For instance, do students generally migrate to bars and pubs because it’s expected?

As such, it’s just possible that the restrictions imposed around late night drinking might actually be beneficial.

 

Potential For Change

So, apart from socialising in pubs and clubs, the limitations on students are not all doom and gloom.

Granted, in full lockdown, the closure of shops, gyms, sports centres, libraries is no fun at all.

However, outside of lockdown, all of these opportunities are available to all students.

Whilst social distancing is a must, city living brings huge opportunity.

Music, theatre and cultural events are still being held, albeit in different ways from usual.

Equally, students have the potential to get involved in all sorts of clubs and societies within their University. 

 

Opportunities

With student discounts readily available, students can diversify from their stereotypical behaviour and enjoy the sights and sounds of their new home more.

Furthermore, a new way of living alongside their peers is a great new experience for many.

Consequently, fully embracing an independent life alongside friends brings its own rewards.

Generally, spending a lot of time with house/flat mates is a definite result of the 2020 pandemic. Therefore, it can bring its challenges for sure. For example, no one expected to have such a responsibility to those sharing their living space.

Before COVID, no one had to stay in isolation for two weeks because another had a virus.

Moreover, having input into who your housemate brings to the house and/or where they stay overnight is unprecedented! However, character-building and bonding and setting up lifelong friendships is a pretty good result.

 

To learn more, get in touch with us today.

 

In the meantime, check our Student Lettings Leicester services here.

Impact of Covid-19 on University Students

The Impact of Covid-19 on University Students

By Advice, COVID

Tags – Impact of Covid-19 on University Students

The recent pandemic has affected everyone, and students are no exception.

With reported increases in stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression, university students are certainly feeling the brunt of COVID-19

In addition, with a lack of extracurricular activities and weaker social ties, students are feeling less connected with their university friends and college culture.

In light of that, this blog dives deep into the experiences university students are missing out on. Then we’ll discuss a few tips on how to cope with the current situation.

Let’s dive in.

 

1. The Social Loss

Without being able to meet in-person for seminars, lectures, and socials, students are struggling to forge and maintain healthy friendships.

Consequently, many students feel they’re missing out on the social side of things with the ‘new normal.’

 

2. Stress and Responsibility

With a lack of extracurricular activities, social events, and the commute to campus, students are facing a glut of time. 

Students, therefore, need to impose their own structure to manage their different class requirements, due dates, seminar prep, etc. 

For many, the lack of routine feels chaotic. As such, students are struggling to bring a sense of order to their day to day lives. Needless to say, this is another factor that contributes to increased stress.

 

3. Virtual Meetups Aren’t Satisfying

University students typically belong to Gen Z.

They’re “digital natives” who turn to a diverse variety of tech to stay virtually connected with friends and to participate in online classes. 

Although apps like WhatsApp, Zoom, and Instagram, are ways students regain intimacy and connection, many recognize that they’re insufficient. While they’re grateful to stay in touch, it’s no comparison to in-person meetups.

 

Advice for Students

While this period is stressful, students can use a variety of strategies to deal with the current situation.

To help you out, we’ve listed a few tips to help with precisely that:

  • Acknowledge and communicate your feelings with your loved ones. It’s absolutely okay not to be okay.
  • Maintain a routine by starting your day at the same time every day. 
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle. This means eating a nutritious diet and trying to schedule in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day.
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. The ideal sleep goal should be 7-9 hours per night.
  • Unite with others by making an effort to stay socially connected. If you’re not already, try to engage in regular phone and video calls with family and friends
  • Take a break from your studies and carve out some quality time for yourself each day. Step away from your coursework, social media, or anything else that may cause you stress. Instead, do something relaxing or an activity you enjoy.

 

Final Words

Hopefully, this article has furnished you with some tips on how to tackle COVID-19 as a student.

Remember, this is just a phase, and this too shall pass. In the meantime, look after your physical and mental health and look forward to celebrating getting back to classes and re-connecting with friends at some point in the future. 

 

To learn more, get in touch with us today.

In the meantime, check our Student Lettings Leicester services here.

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