By DeVry University
May 14, 2020
4 min read
May 14, 2020
4 min read
Times of crisis, whether on a personal or societal level, can add a great deal of stress to our already busy lives. Monumental catastrophes, such as the 9/11 attacks, stay etched in the public's memory for a lifetime. During the events and immediately following, many Americans spent inordinate amounts of time watching news coverage which may have further added to their trauma. Some sources even question whether the constant media coverage resulted in an increased risk for developing PTSD among children.
The COVID-19 pandemic struck a similar chord in that it has affected most people's lives in some way. Even if your work life didn’t change, constant news coverage and public discussions may have added unhealthy stress and panic. While it's important to stay up-to-date, it’s imperative that we maintain our own mental and emotional health as well during situations like these. Learning how to stay focused while studying, working from home or pursuing your personal goals is one way that you can feel like you’re still in control and maintain a sense of calm when times seem uncertain.
Set a schedule.
Setting a schedule for your work or classwork and for your down time will help keep your mind in the game. Knowing ahead of time when you need to be productive and when you can rest is key - just make sure you’re realistic with your scheduling.
Maintain your sleep routine.
Feeling tempted to work extra hours on a project can cause people to stay up later than they normally would, disrupting their sleep patterns. Sleep is an important part of your physical and mental health. If you find yourself veering away from a healthy sleep pattern, make an effort to set and keep a bedtime routine and start using your alarm to standardize your waking hours.
Get outside and exercise.
Organize your workspace.
It's easy to get sidetracked when working from home. You might procrastinate because you want to check some household chores off of your to-do list or simply because there may be other people to chat with and activities to do in your home. The best method to stay focused is by creating a dedicated space where you work. This can be anything from a corner of your bedroom or a set office space. Resist the temptation to do anything but work in the space once it has been designated as your go to work or learning spot.
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