Dear Aspect, I am worried about coping with this third lockdown, after feeling such a range of emotions. Have you got any advice?
To say the least, 2020 was a rollercoaster of emotions, and 2021 doesn’t have a magic fix. However, we would advise anyone who is struggling to take every day as it comes and keep your main focus on things that make you happy. Remain in touch with your loved ones as it can be a very isolating time, and be sure to utilise your daily exercise if you can. Getting out of the house and a bit of fresh air can make all the difference to your day. Be kind to yourself.
Aspect… any advice on writing your dissertation online?
Dissertations can be daunting as it is such a huge assignment and makes a big difference in your degree. Firstly, we’d say break the assignment down into smaller tasks. Make yourself a long to-do list of do-able jobs, and plan how you’re going to approach the essay first. Where many are furloughed, and cannot socialise, it does take away some distractions that we may have faced before. Let your dissertation be your priority but find your most effective hours and work with them. Make sure you don’t overdo it at any one time and remember the importance of logging off when you’ve achieved your goals.
Hi Aspect… I don’t know whether to stay home or go back to my student house during the lockdown. What do you think?
This situation varies for each person. We’d start with weighing out the pros and cons with extra emphasis on where you work best and where you feel your happiest. Maybe you like the independence of living at Uni, and you’d cope better in lockdown there, or maybe you’d prefer to stay with family in these confusing times. Don’t make any rushed decisions as the chances are, you’ll have to stick with them. Maybe talk to your friends who you live with, or can bubble with if allowed in your situation, and see what they’re doing.