How to look after yourself while studying
Cloud Campus students are supported through our award-winning library services, interactive study methods and student support services.
When you’re studying hard in the Cloud Campus, it’s important to make sure you’re also practising enough self-care. What systems do you have in place to support your wellbeing? If you’re starting to lose motivation, you might want to try looking at some new ways to approach your studies.
Healthy work area
A well thought out workspace can have huge benefits for your body and mind. With a few tweaks you’ll find studying much more comfortable.
- Your chair should be high enough that your thighs are parallel with the floor and your knees are bent at right angles. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your elbows should be parallel to the surface of the desk.
- Your desk should have plenty of room for you to move your legs. Your keyboard, mouse, stationery and materials should all be easy to reach.
- Your display should be easy to focus on. A good rule of thumb is the centre of the screen should be at shoulder height. The display should be high enough that the top of the screen is below eye level. You should be able to read the lower part of the screen without lowering your head.
Sitting for long periods of time can have a real impact on your health. Try and stand up every half-hour and move around. Or you might want to think about trying out a standing desk.
It’s a good idea to take breaks from studying and try to work in some light exercise. You don’t have to hit the gym, some simple stretches will go a long way. When you take a longer break, go for a half-hour walk around the neighbourhood. You can also check out some exercises apps recommended by VicHealth.
We can all relate to feeling overwhelmed when it comes to starting an assignment or studying for an exam. Meditation can be an excellent way to slow down, clear your mind and increase your energy levels. If you want to give it a try, a guided meditation can be quite helpful.
Certain foods can really fuel your mind for study. Working some of these into your snacks could help sharpen your thought processes and retain more information.
- Blueberries are filled with vitamins and huge amount of antioxidants that protect neural tissue.
- Bananas have a massive level of potassium which helps deliver oxygen to the brain.
- Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids which are vital for normal brain function.
But don’t forget to treat yourself! Have some chocolate or a cup of coffee, whatever little thing brings you some joy.
Ask for support
If you need any support with a health related issue you can contact any Deakin Medical Centre and organise a phone consultation with a nurse – just call one of the campus branches. If you want someone to talk to about how you’re feeling, you can call any campus and book a phone appointment with a counsellor from the Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) team.