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The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social isolation requirements has led to significant changes in the way we live. This change occurred dramatically, and without warning. In response, it is natural to feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. However, if left unchecked, these feelings can have a detrimental impact on your wellbeing and HPAT performance in this crucial year. MedEntry’s aim is to provide guidance and assistance to you during this challenging time.
This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.
Our last four blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment, tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT Study Plan, tip 3: Make the most of Remote HPAT Learning and tip 4: Keep up your Motivation. In this blog, we will cover tip 5:
It is vital to look after your physical health during the coronavirus pandemic. Ensure you are taking the basic, recommended precautions to prevent contracting COVID-19, including frequent handwashing and social distancing. If you become unwell or believe you have been in contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately.
It is also important to look after other aspects of your physical health, including cooking and eating healthy meals and getting sufficient sleep.
Social distancing restrictions may have led to your usual sporting activities, gym memberships or social exercise routines being disrupted. It is therefore even more important that you take the initiative to engage in regular exercise. Try to do this at least once per day, and preferably outside. This will help clear your brain, help you study for HPAT more effectively and boost your wellbeing.
When a significant change occurs in our lives, it is normal to feel anxious and stressed. This is particularly so in the current environment, where you may not be allowed to see your friends, engage in your usual activities or socialise as you usually would. Others in your household may also be stressed due to work or financial challenges.
It is important to acknowledge and be aware of these feelings, recognise that it is ok to feel them, and to speak to someone if you become overwhelmed.
Make sure you connect with your friends and family on a regular basis, at least once a day, via virtual means if necessary. Try to limit how much you talk about COVID-19 – it can be easy to focus your conversations on this, which can increase anxiety.
Other tips for looking after yourself emotionally are to:
Finally, remember that the current situation will not last forever. You will soon be able to start engaging in your regular activities, and you will come out of the coronavirus pandemic more grateful, more resilient and stronger than ever.