Maintaining mental health and motivation during lockdown

Maintaining mental health and motivation during lockdown

We are living in unprecedented times and the global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all in a multitude of ways. One of the concerns associated with a long quarantine period is how it affects mental health. Italy, home to one of the longest enforced lockdowns, has seen a significant toll on its population’s mental health. Staff at the Red Cross have stated that they are “overwhelmed by calls from people struggling”. Given that the UK seems to be following Italy’s timeline, it is likely that similar experiences will occur in here. 

As a BPTC law student whose exams have been postponed until late summer, I have found myself in a unique position this year. Instead of preparing for exams, I now have several months before my final assessments with no guarantee that they will go ahead as planned. Here I am sharing my tips on the best ways to help you stay positive, healthy and motivated during this challenging time. 

Exercise

It is well-known that exercise helps to maintain both your mental and physical wellbeing; relieving tension and stress through the release of endorphins. Don’t feel you have to limit yourself to the more traditional forms of exercise though. Personally, I find it difficult to motivate myself to run. Why not try something a bit different like rollerblading, jump roping, playing hop scotch or just dancing in your room? There is no one ‘correct’ form of exercise, and as Joe Wicks has shown us, you don’t even need to leave the house to do it either! 

Keep motivated

I struggle most when I have no goal or purpose. When you are in education, it is easy to know what your goal might be – gaining

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Sarah is a LexisNexis Student Associate currently studying the BPTC at City, University of London.