Maintaining Healthy Habits and Routines While Online Learning
The routine of an online student is different from one that goes to school in person. There is no commute time, no hanging out with friends over lunch, no dress code rules, and students have a lot more control over their time. While some of these changes can be exciting, not replacing those activities with new routines can lead to academic and mental health struggles.
Here are our tips for maintaining healthy habits and routines while online learning.
- Stick to a Schedule
There may not be a bell signalling the start of your school day, but you do need to sign in to your classes on time. That’s why having a set schedule each day to follow is important. Here are some scheduling tips:
- Give yourself a bedtime and wakeup time to ensure you’re getting 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
- Use a calendar (digital or paper) to block out the time you’ll spend eating breakfast, getting ready for the day, being in class, taking breaks, and more.
Keep your schedule handy throughout the day to ensure you aren’t late for any classes and don’t miss any meals!
- Get Moving
Sitting in front of the computer for 8 or more hours per day isn’t ideal for your health. The mind and body both require physical activity to stay healthy. That’s why it’s so important to schedule breaks into your routine.
Moving your body could mean working out, stretching for 15 minutes, going for a walk, tidying up your room, and even dancing. You could also try putting your computer on a taller surface so you can stand while you study.
- Prepare Snacks and Lunches
It’s important to fuel your body with healthy food and lots of water. This allows you to focus better during class and avoid getting sick. To ensure you’re eating well during the busy school week, plan your snacks and lunches ahead of time. Try to ensure each meal has protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
- Add Variety to Your Environment
If sitting in the same chair all day makes you restless, try switching it up! For example, during your morning classes, you could sit at your desk, and spend your afternoon classes at the kitchen table. Take your breaks in the backyard or the living room. Changing the scenery can help you reset your focus and attention.
- Reach Out for Help
DVA knows that creating a schedule and sticking to it can be hard for students. That’s why our faculty is always available to help students create routines that work for them. Our teachers don’t just teach, they are also here for guidance. If you need help maintaining healthy habits while doing online learning, ask your teacher for help.
Looking for Help with Your Online Learning Routine?
The world of online learning is new to many students, so giving yourself time to adjust is key. If you would like guidance on creating a school routine that keeps you focused, healthy and energized, contact us today.