Ways for Students to Keep Their Mind and Body Healthy During Remote Learning

Monday, January 25, 2021

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Whether students are studying part-time online or remotely full-time, learning online can sometimes take a toll on your body, as well as your mind. Below are a few tips for students to optimize their time working remotely, while also taking care of their health.

 

Ergonomic Environments

Ergonomics is the study of how one’s environment impacts their work. Having an ergonomically friendly environment has been found to help students perform better in their studies. Some ideas to accomplish this are:

  • Ergonomically friendly screen placement and book holders
  • Ergonomic keyboard and mouse
  • An adjustable chair and foot support for those whose feet do not reach the floor

 

Pleasant Plants

Studies have shown that keeping plants in your environment promotes productivity, as well as helps to reduce stress and anxiety. According to a study done by the University of Michigan, the calming influence of natural environments can also increase a person's ability to concentrate.

 

Balance Blue Light

Blue light is one of several colours in the visible light spectrum that researchers have found may cause side effects when overexposed to its high levels of visibility. Some students have found relief with different blue light blocking accessories like:

  • Blue light glasses
  • Filter apps for phones and computers
  • Screen covers

 

Expel Energy

Don’t allow yourself to stay sedentary for too long. While exercising your mind is important, students should maintain a balance and exercise their body as well.

  • It is recommended to dedicate 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week to exercise. Take advantage of the various at home workout applications that are available, such as
    • Nike Training Club
    • YouTube Training Videos
    • Online yoga programs
  • Standing desks give students the option to adjust from a sitting to a standing position during their workday. Research suggests it helps with blood flow for those who sit most of the day.
  • Go outside! Students should take time to get out in nature and enjoy the environment around their off-campus housing neighborhood and take in the sun’s vitamin D!

 

SEE ALSO:  Tools for Transitioning to Online Classes



The Places4Students.com Team