You did it! Whether you’re stuck to the books like me in sixth year, living your best life in TY or you’ve just gotten back to college; you’ve made it to the end of September!
I know right, it’s nearly October already. To be honest the last three to four weeks have felt longer for me than the whole six months of lockdown.
But I am here today to present you with some of the tips and tricks that I have learnt over the last few weeks that are helping me survive school life during COVID.
1. Change your mask!
Now, you should already be doing this. But if you aren’t fear not. You should be changing your mask after wearing it for about four to five hours. Whether you prefer reusable cotton masks or surgical masks (which are my go-to), change it. I like to swap my mask at lunch time. It makes me feel a bit fresher heading into class in the afternoon and it means my skin isn’t sitting under a dirty mask. I also keep a good stash of spare masks in my bag just in case!
2. Hand cream.
I have to say I wasn’t a huge believer in hand cream before I started using hand sanitiser like a mad thing but now, I am obsessed with it! I filled an empty anti bac gel bottle with my favourite hand cream and popped it into my bag. Trust me, your hands will thank you for it!
Wearing a mask for six plus hours a day is a lot and by the end of the first week of school I was highly dehydrated. Wearing the mask doesn’t make drinking a lot of water easy. I try my best to drink as much water as possible on my breaks and after school. Try to remind yourself to do the same. Your skin will thank you for it and you’ll feel a lot better under those masks.
4. Fresh air.
Whether you’re stuck in the same class room all day or moving around between classes, it’s hard to get a proper break from your mask. Even at break and lunch times if you’re inside you need to be masked up. Fresh air at lunch time has become my new best friend. Take a walk or just sit outside with a couple of friends (socially distanced of course). I find those last few classes in the afternoon the hardest but the fresh air really helps.
5. Keep that phone charged.
The adjustment from online school back to real life has been a little clunky for most of us. Every teacher has a different way of teaching and every school has a different set of rules when it comes to teaching.
For a lot of my classes notes, homework and assignments are still being distributed and collected online, we even sometimes have to pull our notes up in class on our phones. There is nothing worse than needing to take a quiz or hand something in right in front of a teacher and your phone is dead. So, if it is allowed in your school make sure you have accesses to your school emails and online class groups.
Invest in a portable phone charger to make sure you always a fully charged phone. This one from ASOS is very cute!
I know everybody is tired. I’m barely home ten minutes in the evenings before I’m ready to fall into bed. So be kind to yourself. Take a break every now and again. Have some fun. Starting is half the battle and September is nearly over! Only four weeks till mid term and I’m counting down the days.