It’s okay to not be ok | Taking care of your mental health

It’s okay to not be ok | Taking care of your mental health

It’s okay to not be ok | Taking care of your mental health

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The world is going through a tough time and it hasn’t been easy on anybody, teachers and students included. During such times, when everybody is locked indoors, surrounded by unpredictable situations, scary headlines and asked to step out with a list of precautions, it becomes extremely important to take care of yourself. In times like these, young students can get affected too, due a lack of a social life, abundance of social media, and exam pressure. All this undue stress often leads to possible mental health problems. Therefore, looking after your mental health during this time is as important as looking after physical health. Here are a few ways to cope with mental health problems and be at peace with yourself:

1. Acknowledging: The first step is to acknowledge the existence of mental health problems. Mental health isn’t restricted to any age, anyone from a 5-year-old to a 90-year-old could be suffering from trauma, anxiety, or depression. So rather than dismissing your child’s problem, learn that it is okay to not be okay!

2. Have your own corner: It can be hard being indoors with the same people, day in day out. While there isn’t a choice, try creating your own corner to cool off and be yourself. Instead of getting into arguments learn to develop patience, distract yourself or find friends you can talk to and catch up with.

3. Look after yourself: Relax! Breathe! Meditate! Do something exciting such as learning a new skill or choose to simply relax! Spend a whole day pampering yourself without feeling guilty because you cannot be a superhero all the time. Do anything that makes you happy. You can only love others when you love yourself.

4. Socialise: Call your friends, have Netflix parties, catch up with old buddies, look at old pictures together….Nostalgia is the best gift you can give yourself and your friends this lockdown, so go ahead and dial those numbers!

5. Say Grace: Everyday while going to bed, write down 5 things you are grateful for. We guarantee you that this will make you feel better instantly and give you a good night’s sleep.

6. A note to teachers: As hard as it sounds, try to engage with every student in the online classroom, and notice changes in their behaviour if any. Try and talk to them, keep them in high spirits while also ensuring that you take care of yourself too. Your mental health translates to what your students feel, as your emotions are highly contagious. So, choose what you want to impart to the little ones.

7. Don’t let the line between work and life blur out: Try creating strict boundaries regarding work/school hours and make sure your employer/ teacher is aware of this. The lockdown and absence of a physical workplace has led to a blurry boundary. It has become more like living at work than working from home.

8. Ease up: You might be okay but it is also important to know that others might not be. So, don’t put undue pressure on the students, kids or your teacher for any task.

9. Have a routine: During school days, you had fixed timings for everything. Same way try to fix timings for schoolwork, homework or even playing. Take time out to play or do an activity that invigorates you.

10. There is light at the end of the tunnel: It can be pressurising creating an engaging digital lesson plan and setting up the environment. Some of you might not even know your way around technology, but that is okay. You’ll get through this just like you did with every other problem. Know that there are others out there facing the same problems, and just do your part in fighting this evil pandemic and then pat yourself on the shoulder for doing that.

11. You aren’t alone: Look around! The world is together in this, while it might not feel like it, you aren’t alone.

These were a few ways to take care of your mental health as a teacher, student or a parent. It sure is a trying time, but remember, nothing is permanent except for change. So, stay happy, stay safe!

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Impact of virtual schooling on teachers and students

Impact of virtual schooling on teachers and students

Impact of virtual schooling on teachers and students

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While the world was social distancing, the internet brought it together and we definitely can’t imagine such a lockdown ten years back without the internet in place. It has given the world the convenience to continue socialising while being distant. It has given us access to all resources possible, digitally, for successfully creating an ecosystem to conduct school classes or to host corporate meetings on screen. For the past few months, schools have had to shift bases to online classrooms which have had both positive and negative impacts on the teachers as well as students. 

What used to be the hustle and bustle of the classroom has suddenly turned to clicking and clattering of a keyboard. The struggle between “I can’t hear you” to “I don’t know how to use this application”, it sure hasn’t been easy. But every cloud (at least the physical ones) has a silver lining, so let us look at the positives that virtual classes have brought along: 

With everybody in the world resorting to learning online, the education system is slowly becoming democratised. The remotest areas in the country have access to teachers, provided there is an internet connection. The world has finally become borderless, at least digitally. A student from a distant village can access classes taught by a professor from a top institute without spending on travel or going through rigorous admission procedures. Every learner has access to all sorts of resources and the biggest resource of all, time. 

This situation also promotes a lot of self-learning for teachers and students alike. Students can learn anything from writing new codes, speaking a foreign language or playing new instruments, sitting at home. On the other hand, teachers have the independence to further hone their skills and indulge in active research, during the time that would otherwise be spent on travelling or staffroom chores. 

While there are sure positives, it is still quite difficult to replace schools with digital platforms. 

The most obvious drawback of the lockdown and classrooms shifting online has been access and availability. We are all well aware of network issues, voice breaking, losing the video, etc. A lot of students don’t have laptops, and students are spending an insurmountable amount of time in front of the screen. For teachers especially, teaching from home isn’t always pleasant, considering the difficulties they have to go through to make the classes more engaging and interactive. They don’t have the means to determine if the students are actually paying attention to their lectures or to identify at-risk students.

A major aspect of going to school is children socialising and having an interactive classroom experience, but video calling hardly makes for it. With the shift that COVID has invited, students aren’t able to socialise which affects their physical and mental health. Science students, in particular, have a hard time learning practical aspects of the subject without lab experiments. This whole shift could also lead to alienation of students from the school ecosystem and in turn hinder their social abilities in the longer run. 

In spite of these challenges, it is commendable, how through a joint effort from schools and parents, learning did not stop. Teachers and students have united as a family to fight this together and are attempting to do however much they can from the other side of the screen. Parents of young kids are sitting with them through classes, making sure the setups are working and are even helping teachers monitor kid’s homework. Through this joint battle, humankind is set to fight by continuing to learn, teach and grow.  

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