When in high school, your teachers keep a close watch on you. The same happens with your parents once you go home.
Once in college, things play out much differently. Here, you are considered an adult, and as such, some of the roles and things once implemented by teachers and your parents become your sole responsibility. These include your health and wellness.
With everything else you are juggling, this is something you want to keep clean and simple. Here are some easy-to-implement health tips for college students.
Know When Enough Is Enough
No matter how good a student you are, your body can only take so much. So every once in a while, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed by everything you have to do.
While these moments might be fleeting, pay enough attention to yourself to recognize when you are not coping as well as you should. If you do not, you might end up being stressed, affecting your concentration, social life, and even your mental and physical health.
If you are struggling for long periods, consider getting help. For example, if you fall behind, consider getting an online statistics tutor to help you catch up, study for upcoming exams, and so on.
Form Social Networks
Isolation can cause feelings of loneliness. Loneliness has been known to affect people emotionally, physically, and mentally.
For most people, college is the first time they are away from home; this means a new environment and new faces. It’s not the easiest time to navigate.
Nonetheless, friends can make it more bearable. Making college buddies gives you a support network with your peers and people in your shoes and possibly experiencing the same things.
Once you settle in, reach out to dorm mates, classmates, hang out in social places and so on and allow yourself to form new friendships.
You should get 150 minutes of mild aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity every week; this is the recommendation from health professionals to ensure your body performs optimally.
No matter what else is going on, find time to meet your weekly exercise requirements.
Exercise has myriad of benefits to students like:
- Increasing energy levels
- Enhancing one’s ability to focus and concentrate
- It helps with weight management
- It prevents type 2 diabetes
- Endorphins are released when you exercise. These hormones are known to elevate a person’s mood
Fortunately, a gym membership or expensive equipment to work out is not required. Once you find a time that works best for you, you will discover numerous exercise routines on the internet that you can do without any equipment.
Your body needs water to function correctly. Forming a habit to get adequate water intake every day is therefore essential.
If you are not an enormous water fan, it’s never too late to start. Get started by buying a water bottle that fits in your bag. Refill it in the morning and replenish your supply as the day goes along.
You can get creative with the flavors as well. Think cucumber, lemon slices, and so on.
Eat Healthy Meals
Life on the go and healthy meals almost sound strange in the same sentence. Still, it’s possible to keep up your busy college life while eating good, clean, well-balanced meals.
Balanced meals fuel your body and support good physical and mental health. To make this easier to do, consider meal planning. With an outline on what to eat on different days of the week, even shopping becomes much easier to do. You also do not have to think of a meal for the day as it will be pre-determined; this will ensure you have supplies for both healthy meals and snacks.