A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Learning from Home
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 93% of households with school-age children were participating in some form of distance learning. This means that the way the children are being educated has dramatically shifted. Let's take a look at how you and your children can be learning from home while also maintaining mental and physical wellness.
Online School For Kids
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about every aspect of everyday life. One major adjustment for both parents and children has been the implementation of online schools for kids of various ages.
This is a big responsibility for people who are already cast with running a household and holding down a job.
This is also a big change for students who up until this point have always gone to school in person and been able to be around their peers and teachers.
One of the most important things you can do to help your kids who are doing school online is to create a designated workspace for them. This is important because it differentiates between learning time and home time.
Even if you don't have space to set up an entire desk, you can make a designated workspace in a more makeshift way. It's important to your child to personalize their space in a way that encourages their learning.
If you have enough space to accommodate a second learning space, this is ideal. It's difficult for children to spend all day in one single spot so it can be nice for them to have the option to switch up the scenery.
It's also important to help your child create structure in their day. This includes blocks of time for meals, physical activity, and schoolwork. Be careful not to go overboard planning their day out hour by hour, but instead block out larger chunks of time.
For younger children, you can help to motivate them to complete their schoolwork with a checkmark or a sticker for completed tasks.
This is also a great opportunity to take your child's specific learning style into consideration. You can switch up the way a lesson plan is delivered based on how your child learns best.
If you are working from home while simultaneously managing your kid's education, it can be hard to find a proper balance. One thing you can do is to involve your kids and setting boundaries. Communicating clearly about when you are and are not available to assist them is vital to make this work.
One of the benefits of remote learning for kids is that you all get to spend more time together as a family. Make a point to find small periods of time to run around outside and play together. This is healthy for every member of your family, no matter their age.
Remote Learning For Adults and College Students
If you are taking classes online as a college student or continuing your education as an adult, the transition to remote learning can be difficult. Many people thrive in the classroom environment and it can be quite a shift to be doing all of your studying in classes at home.
The most important thing to do if you are taking classes online is to stay organized. You want to make a calendar for yourself that outlines when your classes are and locks out dedicated time for studying.
You can also set reminders on your phone or make sticky notes in order to help you remember upcoming deadlines.
It's important when you're taking classes online to stay as engaged as possible. Check your email several times a day and never hesitate to communicate with your teachers. While it can feel odd at first to participate in virtual classes, participating is one of the best ways to stay engaged with the material.
It's also important for you to create a supportive environment for yourself. When you're in class, studying, or doing homework, be sure to put your phone on airplane mode to minimize distractions.
You'll also want to set up a space for yourself that helps you to focus while still being comfortable.
During this time, it's very important that we all take care of ourselves. This is particularly true if you are trying to further your education from home. Be sure to eat well, exercise regularly, maintaining a good sleep schedule, and check-in with your friends and family over the phone or video whenever possible.
Many people have taken the opportunity of the stay at home orders to learn new skills or pick up new hobbies. This is also a great time to further your own education even if you are not taking formal classes.
There are tons of ways to learn on your own. Maybe this means listening to a podcast, learning a new language, or picking up new skills by watching YouTube videos. There also tons of online courses you can take, some of which are even free.
Learning From Home: You've Got This!
Learning from home is a major shift away from traditional schooling. However, one of the most important things that you can do to support your education during this time is to make sure to take care of yourself. This has been a strange year for just about everyone and it's important to always put both your mental and physical health first.
Are you interested in reading more information about how to stay healthy while staying at home in these strange times? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our stay-at-home wellness guide!
Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups, and well-established organizations having gone through the tech boom of Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle, after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges, including auto-immune diseases, and being overweight, that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been passionate about encouraging others to live better through whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.
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