With the coronavirus pandemic creating havoc all over the world and countries including India resorting to drastic measures like complete lockdown it is a tough situation out there for everyone. Students, especially those who were appearing for their Board Exams were really caught off-guard as their exams and with that their future also came to a standstill. Many students were preparing for their entrance exams and now there is uncertainty regarding that as well. These are tiring times where students are bound to be anxious and tense about what will happen next? However, every crisis brings with it a new opportunity so students, cutting across classes, must make good use of this lockdown time.
In this article, we take a look at some ideas, which students can engage in to not only beat the lockdown blues but use this unexpected gift of time judicially:
- Catch up on reading: Reading books is something most students have almost forgotten in their busy schedule of school, extra classes and tuitions. Now that everything is on a break mode, this is a good time to remove the dust from the books long forgotten in the cupboards and start reading again. You can read anything- it can be storybooks, study books or something random. Just start away and get lost in the magical world of books.
- Help around the house: The lockdown is a good opportunity for students to brush up their housekeeping skills as they get to help around the house. Students must make use of this time to help parents with routine cleaning as well learning how to whip up a storm in the kitchen. Students can experiment with new dishes and serve up a feast for their family during this lockdown period.
- Pick up a hobby: It is very difficult for students to devote time to any specific hobby during their normal schedules. With the lockdown being suddenly announced, they have ample time on their hands. This is the perfect time to learn something new or pick up a hobby. It could be anything- singing, dancing, learning a new instrument, drawing. Nowadays, with the advent of technology, there are online classes for everything so students can spend time developing a new hobby with some help from the Internet.
- Have a study timetable: While the lockdown may have put a brake to their school and extra-curricular activities, it definitely does not mean that students should take a complete break from their studies. While it is good that they make use of the extra time to be more productive around the house, students should also draw up a study timetable, thus devoting some time for their studies. This timetable will ensure that they are busy and entertained throughout the day.
- Get enough rest: During the usual working days, it is very difficult for students to get adequate amount of rest as they are busy with school, tuition and other activities. In these lockdown days, children should make up for that lost time and get enough rest to feel fresh and rejuvenated for the days ahead!!
While the lockdown period may feel stressful and full of anxiety for students, they must always strive to think positive and try out some of the ideas mentioned above to stay positive and motivated!!