Why do you think you've lost motivation? Are you trying to do too many things at the moment so you don't have energy for your course? Are there lots of assignments that have you do that are making you feel stressed,so your just not wanting to do anything? Is there a particular module that's boring or really difficult? Are you spending too much time trying to study in your room, where perhaps you need to try studying with others or in more social settings e.g. in the library or at a coffee shop?
Good sleeping habits tend to start with a regular routine, so trying to go sleep at roughly the same time each night or making sure that get the same hours can help, so if you normally sleep at 10pm and wake up for 6am, try and keep to this, but if you go to sleep at 11:30pm don't try and still get up for 6am, get up for 07:30am. Get your eight hours!
Try and find some recipes that don't take too long to cook and which don't use too many ingredients. For now, if you are behind on work, it might be easier to get some microwave/oven meals and to add some salad or veg to it, so that you can get on with working rather than spending an hour or longer cooking. Try and plan what you will eat based around your timetable, so if you know it's going to be a long day on Tuesday, then just have an oven pizza when you get back. If you know you finish early on Monday, cook a nice meal and cook extra so then you can have it on Tuesday or another day when you don't have much time.
Book in the time for rest and down time, so that you have a stop time for working and so that you can catch up with friends, go to the gym, watch a movie, read a book for leisure, go to a society, etc... Try and keep these times locked into your diary, so that you are resting and coming back to your studies with a fresh mind.
It takes time to get into a good routine, so try not to be too hard on yourself, but do think about what you can do going forward to make your next term easier.
All the best,
Oluwatosin – 3rd year student – University of Huddersfield