But staying healthy is far from impossible, with more ways than ever to stay physically and mentally fit while staying indoors.
We will reveal some of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy during this time, as well as hear what various students have to stay on about how they stay healthy.
Keeping your body healthy
The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, there are many ways to stay fit in the safety of your home.
Home exercise videos are definitely on the rise, with many fitness brands including Gymshark and Les Mills offering free home workouts in their apps.
Here are some exercises at home that you can try for free today:
Reduce eye strain from screens
Now that many universities are making the switch to online learning by following government shutdown measures, students are using screens to complete their college work.
We spoke to a prominent optometrist and founder of Ocushield, who explains how students can reduce strain on their eyes while using displays: “Make sure the height and level of the display are five to six inches below the observation level “, He says.
He also recommends limiting exposure to harmful blue light through the screen; “Be sure to look away from the screen for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.”
Another good way to reduce this glare is “to keep the screen away from ceiling or window lighting, using blinds, low-voltage light bulbs, or glare filters,” he says.
He says that by doing these things, students will reduce the chance of getting “Computer Vision Syndrome”, which can cause dry eyes, fatigue, irritation, burning, itching, headaches, eye spasms as well how to decrease your mood, decrease productivity and lead to chronic sleep disorder
Practice yoga and mindfulness
Yoga is a great way to relax your mind and get great exercise. For some advice, we spoke to an enthusiastic yoga teacher, who is studying for a master’s degree in creative writing and publishing at the University of Bournemouth.
He says she recommends trying some online yoga classes, in particular Yoga with Adrienne’s 30-day yoga challenge. “She has a very kind and engaging approach and is one of YouTube’s leading teachers.”
For those looking to start practicing yoga, she recommends buying a yoga mat, although this is not essential, “it could start on a mat or a blanket.” She says to wear something comfortable and stretchy, like yoga pants or leggings and a T-shirt.
She recommends doing yoga in the morning before breakfast “It can really get you ready for the day and help calm your mind, focus and focus,” as well as reduce anxiety.
So how often should you do yoga? he recommends every day. “Even 10 to 15 minutes a day is better than an hour once a week,” she says. “Start with a short class and upgrade to a longer class if it suits you.”