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by Abbigale Kernya,

Youth Editor, Inspire Magazine

Our Youth Editor, Abbigale Kernya, is a high school student with a passion for music, art, reading, and film. She is a regular contributor to Inspire Magazine, you can check out her latest book review here. 

It's no secret that the past year has flipped the world upside down in more ways than one. The spread of COVID-19 has brought challenges I never thought I would have to face, like spending the majority of my senior year in my room. Online school has been a major challenge for me and many other students around the world. However, like everything recently, I have been taking things one day at a time, trying to adapt to this new normal. 

Staying motivated

It can be hard to find the right motivation when isolated at home. With so many distractions it's easy to become unmotivated and unproductive. I have found that getting myself into a routine proves extremely effective in fighting the motivation blues. Treat your home like school: go to bed, wake up, and have lunch just as you would a regular school day to help stay on track of your work. 

Exercise has also been especially helpful to wake my mind and body up for school; even just 15 minutes of yoga can get your heart rate up and mind energized for a day full of learning. Since most of us stay glued to our computer desk for hours on end, our bodies can feel stiff and achy at the end of the day. Yet another reason why getting up and stretching your body is key to feeling energized and motivated in these unprecedented times. 

Taking breaks

I cannot stress enough how essential stepping away from the computer is for not only your physical health, but mental health as well. I have found that taking breaks to go walk my dogs, journal, or even watch a movie has helped me avoid burnout in more ways than I can count. It is hard not to feel overwhelmed and anxious when completing online assignments, which is why taking breaks for yourself can help reset and regenerate your mind, ensuring that you are refreshed and ready to tackle your school work once again. 

Proper nutrition 

In my experience, online school has been more draining and difficult than in-person learning. Getting proper nutrition is essential to fuel our bodies and get us through the never-ending assignments. Drinking enough water is a must! Dehydration is something I definitely try to avoid at all costs, ensuring that my mind feels awake and prepared for the hours staring at a screen. When your body feels drained, your mind starts to shut down as well. Which is why charging your body throughout the day is so helpful to keep your mind awake and alert. 

My most important piece of advice is to breathe! We are all in this together and all doing the best we can in these impossible times.