Updated: Feb 24, 2020
Since February is considered the month of love, we decided this would be the perfect time to talk about an underrated type of love: self-love! While relationships with others can come and go, your relationship with yourself is constant, so it's important that it's a good one.
Self-love is defined as a "regard for one's own happiness" and has been conceptualized as a basic human necessity. It motivates you to make healthy, beneficial choices in life. When you hold yourself in high esteem, you're more likely to choose things that nurture your own well-being.
Self-love goes beyond treating yourself every now and then. It affects every aspect of your life from how you speak to yourself to your studies.
Here's some tips on how to incorporate self-love into your everyday life in a way that can make studying easier and more fun.
❤️ Take short and regular study breaks.
You should be taking around 1 or 2 study breaks within an hour. Your breaks shouldn't be so long that your brain shifts out of study mode, so anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes is usually a good amount of time. Do activities that are beneficial and energizing, such as eating a healthy snack or walking outside. Stay away from things that will distract you and tempt you into not studying, such as going on social media, watching videos or taking a nap.
🧡 Develop a regular sleeping schedule and good bedtime habits.
Sleep is important for various aspects of brain functionality, including comprehension, concentration, productivity and performance. Make sure you get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. To keep your sleeping schedule constant, you should follow the same nightly routine. The repetition will ensure your body knows when it’s time to go to sleep. Stay off all electronic devices for at least an hour before you go to sleep, as the blue light emitted by the screens of these devices suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, thereby making it more difficult to fall asleep. Try not to sleep in too drastically on the weekends, no matter how tempting it may be. 1 or 2 hours should be fine, but too much of a variation will erase the foundations you’ve started to put in place and you will have to reset your schedule again.
💛 Learn to set boundaries.
It’s okay (and necessary!) to say no sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with taking some time out to prioritise yourself and the completion of your goals. Whether it’s telling your friends you’re not available to hang out, asking your parents if you can delay your chores until after you’ve done your homework or requesting that your siblings stay out of your room for a few hours, it’s important to communicate to the people around you that you’re taking your work seriously and that they should respect that.
💚 Make use of different learning styles.
The 3 main types of learning styles are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
Most people need to use a mixture of these styles to optimize their learning experience. This is effective, because most of us process information best when we encounter it in a variety of ways and using different study methods can make studying more interesting. Visual learning includes looking at information graphically, while auditory learning is more focused on speaking and listening and kinesthetic learning is a more practical and hands-on approach.
While some people study better alone, others can benefit by studying in a group. If this is the case for you, be sure to try out Winged Tutoring’s group tuition!
💙 Stop procrastinating!
The importance of good time management cannot be understated. Set realistic daily goals and ensure you’re not wasting time that you could be using to complete them. Break down your big tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. Sometimes being overwhelmed by a daunting task can hinder you and cause you to put off starting it. Aim to finish studying or complete an assignment a few days before the actual due date. This way, you give yourself some leeway and minimize the risk of having to scramble to finish something the night before.
💜 Ask for help when you need it.
When faced with a new concept, speak kindly to yourself and keep a positive mindset. Give yourself enough time to understand. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – mistakes are part of the learning process and are proof that you’re trying! If you’re struggling, know there’s no shame in asking for help - whether from your family, friends, teachers or especially tutors!