COVID-19 has turned the time challenging for all. We all are in a different situation. We request you just not to be panicked, distressed, anxious or depressed. Talk to people and your parents as well as mentors to remain positive. Handle the situation like a leader. Here are some guidelines you can follow to remain busy with positive things now that will keep you ahead afterwards among all as well as make sure the best use of your valuable time.
1. Develop video resume
Use your time to develop your video resume. A good video resume is a great way of representing you and enhancing your employability skills. You can make different versions (in length and content) of the resume to use for different purposes.
2. Sketch your career mapping
Do career mapping thoughtfully so that you can clearly distinguish yourself and and keep you ahead of the line. Please know well, after Corona the job market will be very tough i.e very challenging, where your skills and competence must be checked well before employment.
3. Try to know a few company’s procedures to get a job etc.
It is a good time to research companies you are passionate to work with. Go through their websites, stakeholders, reviews, annual reports. Find out challenges they faced so that you can contribute there.
4. Browse internet
Pls visit the internet and see the whole world now and move to Online platform. Everyone will realize that after Corona the entire education system will be transformed into another format where there is no way to move with many existing skill, without transformation or improvement
5. Explore your passion and inner skills
It is a high time to rethink about yourself. Look back and pick where you have passion. Use your lockdown time to explore your inner skill in a positive way.
6. Make good use of social media
Social media is a great way of learning new things, developing useful networking and finding opportunities. Explore social media well and be selective in choosing your choices. Be productive and constructive here.
7. Create a routine
Although all the usual life cues are gone – like lectures, or meeting friends – we need to keep the things that synchronise our body clocks, such as meal times, recreation, and winding down in the evening.
Maintaining a routine not only helps with sleep but will keep you always motivated. People in stressful situations can survive and come out mentally intact because they have appropriate coping mechanisms and techniques. When you follow a structured plan can be really helpful in keeping you motivated, so you don’t just fall away into feeling listless and depressed.
8. Sleep and rise well
Setting a routine is vital for your wellbeing. Professor Kevin Morgan, sleep expert at Loughborough University, warns that you shouldn’t use sleep “as a counter-product to boredom”. He says it’s critical to get out of bed at a normal time in the morning.
9. Accommodate time to study
Build studying into your routine. Mike Leaf, a final year geoscience student at Keele University, advises giving yourself deadlines. Setting yourself a goal of finishing a chapter of a project by the weekend, for example, will “keep you focused without guidance from supervisors.”
Lee says she checks in with friends to keep on task. She calls them her accountability buddies. “We motivate each other to finish our aims for the day.”
10. Set goals, but no pressure
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to achieve. This is an unprecedented time, and it’s absolutely OK to not be OK at the moment. It’s good to have goals, but my goals aren’t things like I’m going to write a high-impact journal. You can set like this: my goals are finishing that portfolio, or spending an hour learning how to use facebook positively. Low-level goals keep you motivated, and helps to set long term goals.
11. Don’t be afraid to reach out
FInd out what support is on offer at your university. We reassure students that we’re here for you. There is a lot of support for local students, including international students, or students estranged from families, as well as with family.
Call your friends and family, and arrange virtual quizzes or discussion on any productive issue. If you’re a person who enjoys social contact, then it’s about trying to find a new way to connect, just make this positively without hearing from any backbiters and rumours.
12. Be choosy in selecting media
You will get imnese news and information about COVID 19 and many other socio-economic issues. Just be selective and filter what you will trust and what not. Everything on the internet is not good, or bad for you. The point is how you use them and what keeps you motivated during this pandemic.
Get out and do a sensible amount of exercise when the sun is bright. Tell your physiology that it’s daylight. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can exercise yourself to sleep – you can’t, but what you can do is relieve some of the stresses that would otherwise accumulate through a confined environment.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a workout. It can mean moderate walking. It can simply mean being outdoors, raising your heart rate at about 50%, a research says. Whenever you would feel anxious, make sure and take one hour of exercise. You can take a breather. It’s about listening to your body, and soul.
The mental health benefits from interacting with green space are huge. If you can, go for a walk in a park or garden. But if that’s not possible, bring the garden inside instead. Try virtual tours, just looking at green scenery has been shown to be beneficial. Growing things is also very therapeutic, as experts say.
15. Gardening at home is a good remedy
Extensive research suggests gardening helps reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms. You can still grow plants if you’re living in one room in block halls. Herbs such as coriander or rosemary are good for windowsills, and you can even get a houseplant after eating an avocado. Fill a glass with water, and put toothpicks in the avocado stone to suspend it on the rim, so the bottom half rests in water. Make sure it has sunlight, and when the stone sprouts, pot some compost and watch it grow.
If you start thinking that you’re stuck in your room, that can be quite demoralising. Rephrase it to ‘I’m safe in my room, I’ve got opportunities to do things that I can concentrate on. Self motivation and meditation is a good way to revive at this moment.
Many exercise classes, social activities, concerts, and theatre shows are taking place online, so there will always be something to keep you busy. Use this time to discover new experiences, whether it’s cooking, gaming, or going to the theatre (virtually). There are resources to help you find these new and mostly free experiences.
18. Study ahead
It would be very beneficial for you to get in touch with either your professors or seniors in college to acclimatize with the topics that are going to be covered or get any idea about what books to refer. Getting a start ahead on your studies will not only help you in keeping up with your curriculum but will also free up some time for you to make some new friends or do some extracurricular activities.
19. Learn a new language
It is always good to learn the language of the place you are going to spend a few years. Being able to freely communicate in the local language will no doubt pave the way for you and will help break the ice with many of them which will make day to day existence more interesting. If you already know the language of the country you are going to, a new language will definitely make you new friends.
20. Learn a new skill
Students can take this time to learn a new set of skills which will prepare them for not only the jobs they have ahead but will also help improve your resume and wider acceptability. There are a plethora of online courses which can be easily attended even in these difficult times. Students can choose to learn to code, to SEO/Google Analytics, personal finance planning, creative writing, and so much more.
21. Pick up a hobby
It’s an excellent way to stay stress-free and also to pass one’s free time. Sometimes hobbies can prove to be a whole other skill set too. Thanks to technology today, a lot can be learned from within the comforts of our homes. Learn how to play a musical instrument, learn to write, brush up your photography skills, learn to design and edit videos/photos, or you may even learn to bake or any other hobby you can think of.