Staying Productive & Engaged While Working & Studying at Home

Oct 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM / by Cara Pizzorusso

Though it's been an unpredictable year with disruptions and upheavals, it's also presented an opportunity to embrace new ways of doing things. Remote studying and working from home can be a new territory for many. We've put together a list of resources from books to podcasts to videos on how to take a breather and focus through self-care and other practical tips before engaging back into work and school.

This year has been filled with all kinds of new challenges and disruptions, and most of us have had to make major changes to our routines. All of this uncertainty and change is stressful and can take a toll on our mental health.

Whether you’re participating in a remote global experience with CAPA this semester, or you’re studying in a hybrid or remote model through your home university, we want to help you stay productive, engaged, and keep your mental health in check while studying remotely.

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you manage stress, reduce remote learning fatigue, and practice self-care and mindfulness.

Mental Health for Remote Learners

Online Resources:

Calm AppThe Calm app is a popular resource for meditation.


Happiness Lab Podcast
The Happiness Lab is a podcast centered around the topic of happiness and how to incorporate different approaches in your life.

All of these podcasts are available to stream for free on Spotify.


Self Care BookThe Self-Care Project is one of many books we recommend checking out!

  • The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson
  • Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel
  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  • Mindfulness: The Remarkable Truth Behind Meditation and Being Present in Your Life by Olivia Telford
  • Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes
  • The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty

Don’t forget to support your local bookstores! Consider ordering your books online from Black-owned independent bookstores such as Frugal Bookstore in Boston, MA (a favorite of our Boston-based team). You can also search for your local Black-owned bookstore here.

CAPA’s Tips for Remote Learners

Below is a selection of CAPA World blogs with tips to help you succeed (and have a good time) during your semester of remote learning.

Screenshot of Sarah HarmonHere is Sarah Harmon, a CAPA student and vlogger, who completed her study abroad semester remotely.

  • How to Experience a Different Culture from Home – “One activity I am missing out on this summer is travel. Many of us were looking forward to discovering new locations and diving into exploring their cultures. Staying home is quite literally the opposite of travel, but with a bit of creativity there are still ways you can experience a different culture from your own home. Instead of dwelling on canceled plans and lost opportunities I invite you to get creative and think of new plans while staying safe at home.” CAPA blogger and Remote Global Internship student Antonia Bignotti shares ways for you to stay engaged through cultural experiences online.
  • How to Have a Successful Remote Internship Experience – If you’re currently doing a Remote Global Internship with CAPA, or you’re thinking about enrolling for an upcoming semester, check out this post to help you navigate your experience and get the most out of your internship.
  • CAPA’s 10 Tips for Working & Learning Remotely – Even if you’ve been working and learning remotely for the past few months, you’re not expected to be adept at it. Check out this post for helpful tips for making your remote experience a little smoother and more productive.
  • 8 Tips to Make Your Remote Learning Abroad Experience a Positive One – Even while you’re learning from home, there are plenty of ways to meet and engage with your peers, connect with your professors, and explore Global Cities virtually.

We hope you take at least a few minutes this week to focus on yourself — go on a long walk, listen to a podcast, cozy up with a book, participate in virtual travel activities, meditate, or spend some time with your pet. Whatever self-care looks like to you, make some time to do it — you’ll likely feel a lot better and be more productive afterwards.

Rachel Long Hangs with her DogWhatever self-care looks like for you, engage in it!

If you’d like to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone — whether it’s a trusted friend, family member, professor, CAPA staff member, or a mental health professional.

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