William Arthur: Today was a great day at Virtual South Devon College

William Arthur, columnist for the Torbay Weekly

William Arthur, columnist for the Torbay Weekly - Credit: Archant

As always, I woke up, went for a run, did my yoga and then ate breakfast, before a productive day in my virtual college experience.

Computers and bedrooms are not a good mix

Computers and bedrooms are not a good mix - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

I wish I could say this was what my every day was like.

You see, no matter how hard I try to convince myself, there will always be problems that arise when trying to work from home. Especially while undertaking my A-levels.

Today, has been a struggle. From catching up with large chunks of work and scheduling in time to talk to friends, in a period of loneliness, I have found myself, ironically, more preoccupied than ever.

We can all try our best to prove to ourselves that we can cope and that without all the conventional systems in place that we can still adapt and thrive, but I believe this to be overly optimistic.

Working from home

Working from home - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We have to admit, we need our old infrastructure to be up and running as soon as possible.

I believe that our environment shapes our means to productivity and managing our work effectively.

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Research has shown that working in the same space where we leisure can greatly disrupt our mood and psychological wellbeing.

That is why I have made a change to my work space.

We're all in the same boat, I know, so that is why it's now more important than ever to voice up our story, our experiences and struggles, to ensure we can all lend a helping hand in supporting our community.

There are many lives directly at risk or damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are ever many more who suffer indirectly.

The aim of this small piece, therefore, is to address the hidden problems faced by young people behind the scenes and to pose a possible solution to some of the newly-found anxieties and other mental health issues.

As mentioned, I believe one of the most essential steps in clearing our minds in the frustration of the pandemic, is to first separate your working environment from your leisure.

The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard backs up the idea that work shouldn't happen where you sleep, too. They say: 'Keeping computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.'

Not only is it a simple act to separate your personal/work spaces, but it will have a profound effect on your ability to deal with the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic with greater clarity and less brain fog.

With limited resources and a faulty internet connection, it is easy to lose hope when working from home.

But, I believe we can all use this experience as a lesson to help us to plan ahead and focus on what truly matters.

Being mindful on what deserves our attention is key in this chaotic period where we can be easily distracted, so we can thrive in a virtual world.