How can virtual learning affect our mental health ?

Isn’t this a keen question to which all of us would like to know the answer to ? So, what are you waiting for, let’s get ahead. The pandemic has turned the world upside down. The new normal is considered to be doing everything virtually with the comfort of your home. There was no preparation for tiffins, driving to and from school. This of course sounds good and is comfortable for all of us. But everything has its pros and cons. Considering the institutions that are stable enough for online classes, have provided co-scholastic activities and regular peer-to-peer interaction to its students. This, no doubt has led to good mental development of the students. However, over time, it has become a monotonous routine and has led to anxiety and hyperactiveness. A psychotherapist, Dr. Kannan Gireesh said that, “What they are lacking is peer-to-peer learning. Social learning is not happening as they do not have friends to talk to. Building friendships is very important especially in the lower age groups, which gives them security and self-esteem that gives them a sense of belonging.” This has not just affected students, but also their parents and teachers. Imagine staying in front of the screen for hours without any interaction. It feels robotic isn’t it ? Hence, this has also led to a transformation of parents. They have been actively participating and creating new routines for their children. Now, let’s get on to the effects of virtual learning.

Fatigue: It is a feeling that refers to exhaustion during the conference calls as they feel physically tired.

Lack of Interaction & Social Isolation: Schools not only teach from books, but are the foundation of friends and fun-filled memories. Social and communication skills are developed not just with friends but also with teachers. But, this covid has brought a lack in all of these things and hence making them feel void inside.

Increased Anxiety and Stress: Classrooms follow a good regular routine. Waking up. Catching the bus, going to class, lunch break, extra-curricular activities, and a lot more. But, it’s not the thing with online classes. Home life and class is not a routine. Distractions at home have led to the children not concentrating in class and as a result, procrastinate inside their mind and keep missing deadlines leading to poor grades.

Pressure on Teachers and Faculty: Our professors have years of experience teaching in the classroom but, teaching with the use of technology is becoming a burden for them. Alongside, there is also a tension of them losing their jobs as many schools have got shut due to the pandemic.

There is a solution to everything! Here’s how you can take care of your mental health!

Having A Study/Work Space: Have a spot in the house where you don’t get distracted easily and there is less noise reaching there. Impose rules on the doors during your school/work hours. This will set a boundary and help you focus.

Keeping Healthy Habits: This means to keep a good, fresh and happy mind, you need to eat well, have accurate hours of sleep and take care of your physical health. This will keep you encouraged and provide you with a high energy spirit.

Following a Regular Schedule: A schedule keeps you organised and makes your work done before time. Keeping notes on the wall or at your study table helps you to keep a track of your things and when they are done, it gives a feeling of contentment.

Do Physical Activities: Like before, kids can’t run in the playground or climb stairs to their classroom. So, not much but a little physical activity like playing in the park or riding a bicycle can keep them fresh and happy. This will help the body chemicals improve their mental health.

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Srishti Wadhwa

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