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Handling Loneliness During the Pandemic

a girl sitting next to a window reading a bookThere are a lot of reasons why many college students face the problem of feeling lonely and depressed. The year 2020, with its pandemic, brought a new perspective on this problem, making it even worse than before. A lot of college students, especially freshmen, admit that they feel down and lonely with all their expectations of the college experience being ruined by reality. So, here is an article that will help you to get through the loneliness as a college student.

Don’t Panic

Whenever you feel depressed about lack of social interaction, you should remember – you are not alone in this. A lot of (and we mean it) students are in the same boat with you with all the pressure that you are experiencing now. 

Stats tell us that the pandemic affected the economic and health systems of the majority of countries and also the social life and mental state of the population worldwide. When it comes to students, it’s obvious that living the same life as you are used to is not possible considering the circumstances. That is what makes a student’s life so hard – lots of homework and a minimum of joyful time with friends.

You might feel miserable as a freshman in 2020 because you’ve expected this time to be the most exciting period of your life with all the parties and new people around you. Staying at home with assignments piling up is pretty bad, we know.

However, what should make you feel a little better about this situation is that there are many people out there behind their blue screens who feel the same as you do and are willing to communicate through the Internet. 

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the Internet these days. It gives us so many opportunities that it would be a crime to avoid it. 

Be Proactive

Spending time at home doesn’t mean that you should be passive and just wait for the pandemic to stop. Being active and getting involved is the way to beat loneliness and add more excitement to your life. 

So, when you need to fight loneliness, you need to fight your laziness too. That is just how you can break out of the circle and add movement and energy to your everyday routine. But how can you do it in practice? Here are a few tips for you:

  • Start doing sports. Even a quick workout will definitely help you feel more energized. Sports also positively affect your mood and brain activity, so there are many benefits for your mental and physical health.
  • Find a hobby or keep up. Hobbies are a source of joy and fun for everyone. It’s hard to think of something else that would be better for your mental state than time spent on your hobby. Playing an instrument or videogames, painting, singing, dancing, or trying some new exciting hobbies is the best way to get rid of stress quickly.
  • Change your scene. Sometimes you just need some changes in your life to feel alive. It’s hard to do with a corona outbreak, but still possible. Find a new location for an everyday walk, change something in your room, and you will instantly notice that you feel better.

It’s not always easy to find that inner energy to change something around you, especially when you feel depressed and overloaded with homework. However, it’s an important step that you need to take in order to feel better.

Find New People

Pandemic affects each one of us, but at least we still can communicate with each other. Take advantage of the Internet and various social media, forums, and chats that are available for you anytime. Of course, it’s not the same as speaking offline in a group of friends, but it’s definitely better than no social communication at all.

There are multiple various ways to find new friends online if you really want to. You can start with asking on a forum or place like Reddit for some basic chatting or online group studying. Finding a study buddy will benefit not only your mental health but also your study routine and procrastination.

Social media is also a great way to find someone nearby (or even overseas) to talk to about your interests, share some cool stories, and laugh together over some memes. You can find people who enjoy the same music, literature, or video games as you do, which will help you start a conversation without much worry.

Seek for Help if You Need To

A lot of students are afraid of turning to a specialist whenever they feel down and depressed. You might think that there is nothing a psychologist can do for you if you feel lonely. However, this is not true. A psychologist can give you some great advice on how to fight depression and the feeling of loneliness and help you find the reasons you might feel so. It’s not always as obvious as you might think.

For example, a lot of freshmen feel lonely because they find it hard to adjust to the fast pace of college life and blend in with other students. Others are fighting with their social anxiety and frights. It’s always great when someone can clarify some things about you and your personality so that you can start working on improving your life.

Anyway, don’t be scared to turn to an expert and tell about how you feel. You might have such a specialist available on campus or find someone nearby for consultations. You might also need some assistance with your homework to relieve stress and pressure – this is what we are here for. Place your order today to get professional help.

Tips on Attending Your Zoom Classes

Attending your zoom classes might seem to be the same as attending your live ones, but it is, in fact, completely different. Have you ever noticed that it’s harder for you to focus on the topic when the class is online? It is the first difficulty that most of the students face now with the changes in a learning format. Keep reading this article to learn more about how you can make the most out of your zoom classes and improve your productivity as an online student.

Learn More about Zoom Etiquette

Yes, there are some basic rules for attending online classes that are quite similar to the rules of attending your live classes. You probably are familiar with all or at least with the majority of them. Here are a few:

  • Be polite, and don’t speak without reason. Imagine everybody speaking during the call. That would be impossible to hear your professor talking. That’s why you should speak only when you are asked or when you need to ask a question.
  • Mute your microphone. Muting your microphone is necessary so that you don’t disturb other conference members with random noises like your phone ringing or a car driving next to your window. Everyone should have an opportunity to focus on what your professor is saying.
  • Stick to the instructions provided by your professor. It might be required for you to join a zoom call with your camera on or don’t speak throughout the conference and use the specific button to “raise your hand.” Always follow these instructions and make sure you check your syllabus before the class starts.
  • Don’t make fun of your professors and group mates. It’s an obvious rule but the one which is often omitted. Students pull various pranks on their teachers and each other, and it’s definitely a no-no.

The rules above are just the basic instruction on how you should behave during your classes. In any case, be free to ask your professor about specific requirements regarding your online classes.

Find a Perfect Spot 

The place where you study is one of the key factors that affect your concentration and productivity. There are a lot of things that you should pay attention to when organizing your study space, such as:

  • Enough lighting. Good lighting is highly important when you are studying or working. Make sure you study next to a window to get the most out of the daylight and pay attention when picking light bulbs for your lamps or ceiling lights as they differ depending on the color temperature. Make sure you pay attention to the marking on them: 3,500 to 4,500 K means that the bulb will produce natural light, which is the best solution to avoid eye strain. Bulbs with warm light (1,500 to 3,000 K) allow you to relax and rest, which is good for your bedroom but not for your studying. On the other hand, bulbs with cooler light (around 6,000 K) are great for workspaces and help you focus but might not be appropriate for a bedroom. 
  • No distracting noises. It’s crucial to create a place free from outer noises for you to focus on the class and show respect to other members of a group call. Close the door when your class starts and asks your family or roommates to avoid walking into your room while you are studying. You should also mute your phone and turn off your TV.
  • Comfortable seat. The chair that you are sitting on while on your zoom classes should be comfortable and appropriate for work on your computer. It’s not the best choice to sit on your bed during zoom calls, as it might negatively affect your focus and also will be spotted by other members if your camera is on.

Sometimes it’s hard to find a perfect place for studying that would satisfy all of the criteria above. It would be excellent if everyone would have a separate room for classes at home, but it’s not that easy to make it real. So, just try to pick as a quiet and comfortable place as possible.

Use All the Features

When talking about computer software, we always should understand that we all don’t use popular programs the same way. Why? Because there are more experienced users who know how they can ease their lives with hotkeys, settings, etc.

Here are a few pro tips that you will definitely find useful when using Zoom:

  1. Record your classes. It’s great when you have an opportunity to go back to the class that you had last week and freshen up the material in your mind or edit your notes if you have missed something. Recoding your classes is also useful when you just can’t focus during the class itself and would like to rewatch it later. Zoom allows you to record your conference calls with just one button hit.
  2. Change default settings. If you are afraid that someone might see or hear more than you would like them to by accident, be sure to make your camera and microphone turned off as a default setting. This way, you will have more control over these instruments when joining a call.
  3. Use hotkeys: spacebar – push to talk; Command + Shift + F to enter or exit full-screen mode; Options + Y to raise a hand. This is way faster and easier than clicking Zoom buttons.
  4. Take advantage of the “share the screen” button whenever you need to ask something that is easier to show on your screen.
  5. Change your background so no one can see how messy your room is.

These were the best tips from us on how you can improve your online studying with Zoom. We hope that you will find our tips useful. Good luck with your studies!