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.
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.
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