While schools are closed and exams disrupted, it can be hard to know how to stay focused and happy. We’ve put together some resources to help keep you positive, inspired and motivated.
Take Care of Your Wellness
You can only feel motivated if you feel well in yourself. Times of uncertainty and social distancing can feel stressful, so it’s important to establish routines and methods to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing.
Yoga and meditation are great tools for managing stress and helping battle anxiety. There are great free resources to help with this such as Smiling Mind, a mindfulness app aimed specifically at young people.
If you feel anxious during this time – about anything – it’s important to stay connected to the people you’re close to. This could be talking to your family openly about your concerns, calling a friend regularly or using online resources such as Young Minds or the Healthy Minds App. For free online counselling services, visit Kooth.
Find a place where you can express your concerns about the coronavirus, but also somewhere you to get a break from it. The Mix is a leading digital platform for U25s to talk about a whole range of problems. They have created a separate coronavirus subforum where you can go to talk through specific worries about the current situation and get verified information, but they also have loads of positive forums you can go to simply connect and have a break.
Organise your school work
It’s an uncertain time when it comes to your school work, but with teachers sending resources and self-directed home study it’s important to organise your school work carefully.
One of the main things is to establish a clear routine, similar to a school day, with a defined start time, morning break, lunch break, afternoon break and finish time. While this routine might not be the exact times of your normal day, try to keep them consistent to separate school-time from home-time, even if they’re in the same physical environment.
Try to find a specific place to study so that you can separate your work time from your relaxation time. If this isn’t possible, make sure you physically pack away your school things at the end of every day in your school bag.
Keep a clear view of your goals, what you want to do and how you can do it. Use our Jack Petchey Foundation Goal Planner as a template for this:
Online Opportunities to Learn Differently
Find new ways to study. There are so many online resources that will make your school experience feel different from the classroom. From interactive revision such as BBC Bitesize to fun explanation videos on YouTube. Search for online resources for the subjects you find more difficult and use this time to build your understanding.
There are many resources springing up at the moment to help young people, parents and teachers stay active and motivated during this time. These include daily free sessions available for free online… Check them out, maybe they’ll help structure your day
9.00am – PE with Joe Wicks
10.00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman
11.00am – English with David Walliams
12.00pm – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1.00pm – Music with Myleene Klass
4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Keep future planning
In a time when it feels like everything has just stopped, it’s important to stay focused on both the near and distant future. From what you want to do later in life, to what you’re looking forward to about the summer, it’s important to keep looking forward.
This doesn’t need to be intimidating, why not try a quiz on What Career Suits Me? You might be surprised by the answer! Or try our Job Goal Sheet, to help you understand what you can do now to help achieve your goals.
Or club together with your friends and make a list of things you want to do together after social distancing – places you want to go together and new hobbies you want to try.
For parents – keeping your child motivated
It can be hard to keep your children motivated through this uncertain time. We’ve got some quick tips and resources for you to help them manage their time while away from school.
- Manage your expectations – your children will not be learning at the same pace or same concentration as at school. Don’t schedule in a normal time, start with just 2-3 hours a day with regular scheduled breaks to keep them focused.
- Make time for relaxation and fun – take any opportunity to have fun together, as well as relax together. The best way to combat stress is to make time to just be together.
- Keep a routine – try to get everyone on the same schedule by keeping start times, finish times and lunch breaks as consistent as possible. This will help your children (and you) separate concentration time from relaxation.
- Review your school plans with your children – some schools have sent out specific work for students to do, whereas others have left more general instructions. Go over the resources provided with your child and discuss what should be prioritised.
Check out some online resources for other ideas to support your children from home, including:
Sometimes we all need a little help staying on track. Here are some resources that can help you stay motivated, focused and positive.
- PDFNotes from Sir Jack Petchey
- PDFGoal setting – set yourself manageable goals across 5 weeks
- PDFAchievements log – track your achievements and take pride in your progress
- PDFJob goals – set yourself goals to get to your desired career
- PDFMy qualities – take the time to remind yourself of your top qualities
- PDFSkills shortlist – make a list of your top skills to remind yourself what you’re good at
- PDFSolutions log – if ever something doesn’t go to plan, always look for the best solution
- PDFStep towards the career you want