We all know that coming to college means a few things.
You’re more prone to getting sick, fast food trips multiply considerably and late-night study sessions are undeniable. With the semester well underway, we have a few tips on how to stay healthy – both physically and mentally.
- Sweet Dreams
The amount of sleep you get affects every area of your life. When you don’t get enough, you become more moody, less productive and more likely to get sick. Next time you’re thinking about pulling an all-nighter, don’t. It’s not worth it. Sleeping the night before a test will help you retain information more than staying up late and cramming.
- Get Moving
Don’t just stare at the Huff through your window while you’re lying in bed watching Netflix. Go take a class, run with a friend or join an intramural team! Make your workout fun, and you’re more likely to look forward to it.
- Inhale. Exhale.
Taking a break from your to-do list is difficult. But, take it from us, taking a break is a good thing! Watch an episode of your favorite show, grab ice cream with a friend or attend a Residence Life event. Whatever you choose to do, do something that makes you happy and helps relieve stress.
- Dine Smart
It’s easy to eat junk food when you’re stressed, tired and busy. Hit up a restaurant that has Fitter Foods items for some healthier lunch and dinner options. And, next time you’re studying, grab one of the many healthy snacks from Xcetera. Just like getting enough sleep, eating healthy food affects nearly everything you do from weight control to gaining energy and fighting disease to improving your mood.
- Hydrate or…
Drink water! It’s the most essential part of staying healthy. Get a reusable water bottle and refill it with filtered water from one of the eco-friendly Hydration Stations on the first floor of any residence hall. Take it to class with you, and you’ll be more likely to remember to drink it.
- Keep in Touch
Take time to call your friends and family. A little reminder of home can usually bring some sanity to our often insane schedules.
- Be a Little Type A
Even if you don’t consider yourself Type A, try taking on a few Type A tendencies. Set a few goals for the year, take a look at them periodically, and you’ll probably find that it’s easier to stay on track. Don’t have a planner? Get one. Stay organized by writing down all of your homework and other to-dos. So, be Type A. It’s okay.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to staying physically and mentally healthy this year! What are your tips for staying healthy? Tell us by commenting below.