The 4th of January marked the start of a new term, however Boris Johnson had announced previously that all schools would be doing online work for the first two week of school, a statement which he later increased to the first half term.

Although most students have done online learning previously, from march to july last year, there are many changes this time which have led to a decrease in mental and physical wellbeing. Firstly, many students have not been able to socialise with their friends and this may have a serious impact on their mental state. The guidelines allow you to meet one other person in a public outdoor space. This would be fine in summer but now because of harsh weather conditions and short days many people find it hard to meet people due to the short winter days.

The physical implications of lockdown are somewhat obvious although overlooked. In winter many people prefer to exercise indoors in gyms however currently such facilities are not available so many people struggle to get any exercise. Exercise is closely linked to mental health and if you aren't careful you may become mentally ill. Lack of exercise can also lead to health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. As you may be able to see these are crucial to our health but are being dismissed by many.

Thomas Latimer